Made In New York Media Center Launches in DUMBO!

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Mayor Bloomberg, Marty Markowitz, Katherine Oliver and Questlove walk into a 20,000 square foot media incubator...

This morning, Mayor Bloomberg, Marty Markowitz, NYC Commissioner of Media & Entertainment Katherine Oliver and Questlove were in the neighborhood to officially launch DUMBO's Made in NY Media Center by IFP at 30 John Street. (Questlove will be the Center's first artist-in-residence.)

The Made in NY Media Center is an initiative of the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment and run by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and General Assembly. With an emphasis on transmedia, the hub brings together creative professionals from the film, television, video, gaming, technology and advertising industries. Participants will share affordable community workspace as they build on and develop their creative ideas and businesses. The 20,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of 30 John Street has been designed by MESH Architects into an incubator space with 120 dedicated desks along with 40 flexible work spaces, classrooms, editing rooms, conference rooms, a screening room, a public art gallery and a café.

There's still room for you multi-media-storyteller-types out there! The Center is accepting applications from creatives to set up shop in its 20,000 square feet of incubator and co-working space. The site offers four levels of membership on a monthly or annual basis; prices start at $150 per month for community workspace and $450 per month for incubator space. Membership includes:

  • Approved Members will be offered daytime access to desk space within the Media Center’s community workspace on a first-come, first-served basis. Temporary dedicated space may be reserved for a fee.
  • Invitation to private monthly networking events at the Media Center, including invite-only mixers with leaders in the creative community
  • 25% off select Made in NY Media Center workshops, seminars, conferences and classes
  • Access to leading media and industry professionals
  • Access to exclusive online programs, WIFI, and other center amenities

The Media Center will hold it's grand opening on October 15th with a series of open houses, public events and info sessions. The screening room will open at the end of October.

“New York City has seen remarkable growth in recent years in the digital and entertainment industries,” said Commissioner Katherine Oliver. “With this growth and the ever-evolving media landscape, we want the Made in NY Media Center by IFP to be the connecting bridge between these industries so that new opportunities can be created across disciplines. Whether it’s an independent filmmaker working with a gaming company to create a short film or a digital startup networking with an established media company, we look forward to see what inventive and creative projects emerge from the Center.”

Today's announcement happened in conjunction with Mayor Bloomberg launching a new initiative to launch the Cornell NYC Tech degree program in Connective Media--the first degree program to be offered by the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech. Read more about Mayor Bloomberg's quest to launch new initiatives to help NYC continue as the global media capital here.

Photo courtesy of the Mayor's Office.