ESPN has entered into a multiyear agreement to occupy a 19,000-square-foot space within The Howard Hughes Corporation’s development at Pier 17, in Lower Manhattan.
Starting in Spring 2018, ESPN willproduce multiple studio shows from this location, as well as radio, radio onTV, news hits and social segments. The facility, at the foot of the iconicBrooklyn Bridge, will provide ESPN with a unique opportunity to create contentwithin the studio, outside the facility on the roof and pier, as well as aroundthe cobblestone areas of the Fulton Street Market. NEP will providetechnical services and staffing for the shows.
“TheSeaport District production facility is a state-of-the-art contentfactory that will allow us to produce differentiated studio content forboth television and digital,” said ConnorSchell, Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN. “The flexiblespaces, both indoor and outdoor, allow us to take advantage of all that NewYork City has to offer.”
David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer ofThe Howard Hughes Corporation, stated, “We are pleased to welcome ESPN as thelatest addition to the Seaport District. They will bring a new dimensionof entertainment to the neighborhood with live daily telecasts from Pier 17 inwhat I believe will become one of the most dynamic and iconic studio spaces inthe country. This is yet another sign of Lower Manhattan’s evolution into avibrant hub for the media, technology and creative sectors.”
“In addition to broadcasting unique contentfrom their studios at Pier 17, ESPN will also be activating the broader SeaportDistrict with dynamic programming and events” said Saul Scherl, Executive VicePresident of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This announcement furtherdistinguishes the Seaport District as a one-of-a-kind destination with itsmix of food, fashion, entertainment and cultural offerings.”
Barry Katz, senior vice president and GM ofNEP Studios, added, “Television goes where the audience is, and the historicSeaport welcomes millions of New Yorkers, visitors and potential audiencemembers each year. We’re excited to support ESPN and their new space with thebest technical services and staffing NEP has to offer, and to be a part of theSeaport District’s continued transformation.”