New York, NY (February 22, 2007)–Manhattan Center Productions’ president and general counsel, Peter Ross, has announced that the company’s TV1 will soon be back in the market for any television program bookings. In addition to several production spaces, Manhattan Center houses three recording studio control rooms and a ballroom sized live room.
“We are pleased to announce that, after a successful run with ESPN’s Cold Pizza, the studio will soon be ready to house any new show or any existing show looking for a fully integrated facility. Our upgraded studio and expansive production space served ESPN well for more than 3 years. We successfully fulfilled the demanding production needs of this live 2-hour per day weekly program. And, as we continue to extend our services to ESPN over the next months, our management, studio crew, gear and facility are ready to welcome our next guest.”
The studio is conveniently located across from both Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, adjacent to the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Throughout its 13-year history, the studio’s long-term clients have included Newstalk Television and Cablevision’s Metro Channel, before ESPN’s arrival in September of 2004.
“Our facility is unparalleled technically and can cater to a diversity of clients doing any type of production, whether live or taped programming,” said Daphne Walter, MCP’s Director of Video Production & Operations. “The immediate support space we can offer, in addition to almost 13,000 square feet of turn-key production offices, makes for a complete package.”
Marvin Williams, the company’s director of video engineering, added, “The studio is something special, even in a market like New York. It has 9 Ikegami HDK720 and 720P cameras, 2 Stanton Jimmy Jibs, in addition to a roof camera for bump shots of the City’s skyline. We offer full transmission capabilities using both The Switch and Ascent Media. Internet access is, of course, available from the control room and we installed an extra T-1 for streaming to the web. For post production, there are 6 Avid suites, one being an Nitris with the full HD package, 3 Grass Valley NewEdit suites with 2 Profile XP servers, and a Combustion graphics room with a full 3D package. And we’ve just upgraded to a digital Riedel intercom system.”
Ross continued, “With all the exciting development plans in the works for this entire area, including the new Moynihan Station, new and expansive commercial and retail rental space across the street, and perhaps a nearby relocation of MSG, we are prepared to do our part to make this area of Midtown a must-see/must-be center of commerce, retail, tourism and entertainment. For those looking to produce a live daily television program from New York City, the scenery and back-drop simply do not get any better than what our TV1 offers.”