Miami greenlights new studio plans
Miami this week signed off an $11.5m contract for EUE/Screen Gems to open a film and TV production studio in the city.
EUE/Screen Gems - which currently houses facilities in New York, Atlanta (Georgia) and Wilmington (North Carolina) - will develop a new studio complex in a 71,000 sq ft space in downtown Miami.
The complex will incorporate two 15,000 sq ft sound stages, office space and editing suites.
The Miami Entertainment Complex, as the production facility will be called, will be ready to house its first television and movie productions in June 2015.
EUE/Screen Gems will lease the entertainment complex for 10 years with an option to renew for nine more years.
“Today we are securing Miami as one of the top destinations for film production in the Southeast,” chair of Miami’s redevelopment agency, Marc Sarnoff said in a statement. “The creation of this mixed-use studio is a major step forward in revitalising the film industry in Miami and the Omni District.”
Productions such as Miami Vice, the movie; Burn Notice and CSI Miami all shot in Florida's popular beach city.