Netflix readying $900m production facility at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

The streamer's major film studio campus will be completed in two phases over the course of several years

By Priyanca Rajput 23 Dec 2022

Netflix readying $900m production facility at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
Soundstage rendering. Credit: Netflix

Netflix has revealed plans for one of the world's largest fully-integrated production facilities in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, USA.

Governor Phil Murphy and Netflix announced that the streamer will develop an East Coast production facility on the former Fort Monmouth campus in Monmouth County, transforming a property that has been unoccupied for over a decade into a major production hub that is expected to create more than 1,500 permanent production jobs, and more than 3,500 construction-related jobs in the state.

Netflix plans to invest $848m in capital investments to develop the more than 292-acre parcel, adjacent to Route 35 in Eatontown and Oceanport, into 12 soundstages totalling around 500,000 sq ft of new development, with the remainder of the property slated for redevelopment with supporting film uses and several community amenities. 

“This transformative investment will serve as a cornerstone in our efforts to create a thriving industry from whole cloth,” said governor Murphy. “As a result of nearly a billion dollars in film production spending, New Jersey will further solidify its status as an emerging national leader in the television and film industries. Additionally, Netflix’s substantial direct investment will stimulate job creation and spark an entirely new ecosystem of housing, hotels, and ancillary businesses and services, bringing with it countless additional jobs and boosting the regional economy.”

“Since the beginning of this Administration, it has been a top priority of ours to build New Jersey’s film and television industry. It is so exciting that our state has just added another force to its ranks with the addition of Netflix’s production facility at Fort Monmouth,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “This announcement comes with a promise of opportunity to the residents, business owners, workers, and many others across our state. Not only will the facility generate thousands of new jobs, but it will also bring increased economic activity to our local and small owned businesses, ultimately leaving a lasting, positive impact on our great state’s economy well beyond this Administration.” 

“We're thrilled to continue and expand our significant investment in New Jersey and North America. We believe a Netflix studio can boost the local and state economy with thousands of new jobs and billions in economic output, while sparking a vibrant production ecosystem in New Jersey, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer. We look forward to working with Governor Murphy, his administration and local leaders to finalize this deal in the months ahead. We thank the FMERA Board and their staff for selecting Netflix as the winning bid and for supporting our mission to create a state-of-the-art production facility at Fort  Monmouth. 

Netflix’s plans for a sustainable, integrated film studio campus will be completed in two phases over the course of several years. The first phase of the project will include the construction of 12 soundstages that will range in size from 15,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft each with a minimum total buildout of 180,000 sq ft and a maximum buildout of 480,000 sq ft. Additional and ancillary improvements may include office space, production services buildings, mill space, and studio backlots, among other uses customary to the film industry, with the potential for consumer-facing components, such as retail and consumer experiences.

“Netflix’s decision to make a major investment in New Jersey is crystal clear evidence that Gov. Murphy’s commitment to building a thriving film and television industry in New Jersey is working. New Jersey is the birthplace of film, and under Governor Murphy’s leadership our state continues to be a place where production companies thrive,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “This project marks an extraordinary next chapter in the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth following the devastating closure of the base in 2011.”     

The announcement follows the authorisation by the Board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalisation Authority (FMERA) of a Purchase and Sale & Redevelopment Agreement with Netflix for the property. The Board approved the decision at FMERA’s 21st December's board meeting. 

Netflix will pay $55m for the project, including a utility contribution of $5m and the FMERA office relocation fee of $3m, as per the terms of the RFOTP. 

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