Film Studio To Be Built In Former Shaw Walker Factory

June 12, 2008
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MUSKEGON — The New York developer of Watermark Center condos in downtown Muskegon at the former Shaw Walker furniture plant has announced plans to also build a multimillion-dollar film production studio there, to take advantage of Michigan's film industry incentive payments.

ANM Group of Brooklyn, N.Y., is partnering with Moderncine, a New York production company, to build Watermark Studios, which will have three sound stages. The largest will have 17,000 square feet and 52 feet to the grid. A press release from ANM said the new studios "will give filmmakers the ability to take advantage of the best film incentive program in the country, as well as offer the most complete production facility between Los Angeles and New York."

Watermark Studios will also offer financial consulting, bridge loans for film and television projects, casting, location scouting and distribution services.

Moderncine's next project, "Offspring," a movie based on a Jack Ketchum novel, will involve the new film studio in Muskegon.

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