STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford’s Shippan Landing has a storied history around television. A&E, the network known for documentaries, biographies and drama, once had offices in the office complex, which boasts sprawling views of Long Island Sound and a seasonal beer garden.
Now, the complex will again play home to television. A new studio is scheduled to open by December in the Workpoint co-working space, which was once a corporate cafeteria.
The 1,000-square-foot studio will offer flexible options for film crews. It’s a cross between a talk show and headshot studio, according to Workpoint studio manager and marketing director Jeffrey Kay.
The studio, which Kay launched with Lea Ann Miller, a former Olympic figure skater who is now an event planner, will appeal to artists and film companies, especially smaller outfits, which need a serious production space.
“To produce a high quality video, you need a professional facility,” said Kay, who lives in Greenwich and has worked as a network TV director.
Kay said his space provides an alternative to New York City space, which is expensive and lacking in supply.
The space will include the studio, a control room, a post-production studio, and, of course, a green room.
But the green room is actually blue, which matches the waters of the Sound, which is visible from the space.
In his years of experience, Kay quipped, “I’ve never seen a green room that’s green.”
The studio is separated from Workpoint’s co-working space by a soundproof divider. When productions are using the set, Kay can close the divider so co-workers can continue to work in a quiet environment.
If the set is not in use, Kay said it could be available for event space.
Corporations can also use the set for virtual business meetings. Kay said he could fit 40 or so chairs in the studio for web conferences.
The studio follows in the footsteps of other companies in Stamford. Just across the way from Kay’s space, Encompass Digital Media beams interviews to control rooms of major networks.
The former Rich Forum in Downtown now houses studios for “Jerry Springer” and “The Maury Show.”
Not to mention that NBC Sports opened a 300,000-square foot facility in the city in 2013.
“There’s a growing media industry in Stamford,” Kay said. And, with time, his studio will be a part of it.
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