HBO will close its Hauppauge facility by the end of the year and eliminate 75 jobs, a spokesman said.
The remaining 125 jobs at the Hauppauge Communications Center will be shifted to "state-of-the-art facilities" in Manhattan's Hudson Yards and to Atlanta, the company said in a statement this week.
"With two new state-of-the-art facilities now existing in Hudson Yards and Atlanta, the services out of the Hauppauge Communications Center will become redundant, so the plan is to close the center by year's end," the statement said. "We are asking many employees from the Long Island-based departments to transition to Hudson Yards, which has been designed to support postproduction needs on original programming as well as our digital distribution platforms. However, the broadcast operations which originated out of Hauppauge will now come out of Atlanta. This will result in the elimination of some positions in New York.”
AT&T acquired HBO's parent, Time Warner, last year and has since announced some consolidations.
The 60,000-square-foot Hauppauge satellite facility was built in 1983 for $14 million and was considered state-of-the-art at the time. A Newsday story at the time said the site would transmit movies, sports and entertainment specials to 3,600 cable systems in mainland United States, and to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It also was expected to house program origination operations that were relocated from a Manhattan studio.
An HBO executive said at the time that the new location would allow HBO to gain access to satellites in addition to the ones owned and operated by RCA. Long Island, another executive said, would also provide "easy access" to the main office in Manhattan and to a talented workforce.