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Marvel makes largest commitment to produce TV series in NY

Mike Colter and Charlie Cox in

Mike Colter and Charlie Cox in "Marvel's The Defenders." Credit: Netflix / Jessica Miglio

Marvel Television has committed to producing the most episodes of a TV project ever in the state, including filming at a Bethpage studio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday.

Marvel parent Walt Disney Co. has pledged to continue making “Marvel’s The Defenders” series in the state.

Filming for the project began in 2014; all of the series in the project stream on Netflix.

Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage was the site of filming for 15 days for “The Defenders,” according to Amy Varghese, a spokeswoman for Empire State Development, which offers tax breaks to TV production companies that work in the state.

“The Defenders” centers on heroes fighting crime in New York City. Marvel has set 135 episodes from 2014 to the end of this year. It has hired 14,000 people to work on the project in the state, Cuomo said.

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