In an effort to further attract the motion picture and television industry to Nassau, County Executive Edward Mangano met Monday with 15 of the industry’s location managers, film and commercial producers, directors and casting directors to begin a two-day tour of Nassau’s hottest filming spots.
The former U.S. Navy-Grumman Corp. property in Bethpage is now the home of two successful production studios that encompass three buildings and nine sound stages.
Last year, Nassau County hosted more than 650 production days — more than Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. It is estimated the film industry provided $90 million in economic impact for Nassau in 2012.
“Nassau is becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry as we have the perfect locations for many films,” Mangano said in a statement. “Every time a film project calls Nassau County home, the local economy benefits and local people are put to work.”
The two-day Film Friendly Nassau County Location and Studio Tour included a visit to soundstages at Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, as well as a tour of the Nassau County Correctional Center, which often has been used for motion picture and television production. Additional destinations include the Allegria Hotel and Spa in Long Beach, Americana Manhasset, downtown villages, historic mansions, and various county parks, beaches, museums, and other facilities.