Expect the traditional film cue of “lights, camera, action” to be heard a lot more around Buffalo with the announcement Tuesday that a $50 million-plus film and television production complex will be built on the West Side.
Great Point Capital Management, a media investment fund, purchased the land at Niagara Street and West Ferry from Rich Holdings, a holding company for Rich Products, whose corporate headquarters is across the street. The privately financed, full-service film and television production facility will include two 20,000-square-foot sound stages, soundproof, hangar-like structures used for motion picture and television productions, and 70,000 square feet of office and support space that includes editing bays and sound mixing.
Groundbreaking on the first sound stage is expected in September, with completion expected by September 2021.
“Buffalo is an ideal city for a state-of-the-art film and television complex,” said Fehmi Zeko, who co-owns Great Point Capital with Robert Halmi, an Emmy award-winning producer and former studio head who founded the Hallmark Channel.
“A combination of great locations, well-trained crew and tremendous support from local government has made Buffalo a desirable destination for filmmakers,” Zeko said. “With the addition of the studio, Buffalo will see year-round activity.”