Steiner Studios

Steiner Studios
Industry Entertainment
Founded Brooklyn, New York, U.S. (2004)
Founders David S. Steiner
Headquarters Brooklyn Navy Yard, United States
Key people
Douglas C. Steiner[1]
Products Motion pictures, television programs, commercials, photography
Website Steiner Studios' Website
Steiner Studios

Steiner Studios is the largest US film and television production studio complex outside of Hollywood.[2] It is located on 20 acres within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Steiner Studios is home to ten soundstages, totaling 131,000 square feet (12,200 m2).[3] There is also an additional 224,000 square feet (20,800 m2) of support space, which includes offices, dressing rooms, hair and make-up rooms, wardrobe rooms, mill shops, a spray booth, and prop storage.[4] Office and support spaces have access to satellite uplinks and a high-speed data backbone.

Soundstages are equipped with full grids from 26 to 45 feet, are column-free, sound-insulated, and offer loading and staging areas.[3] Built to accommodate film, high-definition television (HDTV) and digital camera productions, each stage is wired with a minimum of 4,800 amps of power and 50 to 200 tons of cooling. Stages are accessed via 13-foot-high (4.0 m) to 20-foot-high (6.1 m) elephant doors.

Each stage is attached to production and support space, including make-up and dressing rooms, green rooms, storage areas, conference rooms, and offices. In addition to the enclosed building areas, there are assembly and secondary areas for "lay-down" of materials and equipment used in large-scale film projects.

The facility also features a 100-seat screening room and a full commissary, on-site parking, 24/7 security and lighting and grip equipment services.[5]

Notable productions

Among the major motion pictures filmed at Steiner Studios are The Producers: The Movie Musical, Fur, Then She Found Me, The Tourist, Across the Universe, The Hoax, Funny Games, The Nanny Diaries, Life Support, Spider-Man 3, Men in Black 3, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Adjustment Bureau, Sex and the City 2, The Tempest, Revolutionary Road, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Inside Man, Enchanted, Baby Mama, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Burn After Reading.

Steiner Studios also has hosted many television series, including Damages, Flight of the Conchords, Clash of the Choirs, The Unusuals, Pan Am, Bored to Death, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Gotham, and Hip Hop Squares.

It was also the location of the 17th annual Gotham Awards held on November 27, 2007.[6]


First commissioned by Thomas Jefferson and employing 70,000 workers during World War II, the Brooklyn Navy Yard remained dormant, finally sold to New York City by the federal government in 1967 for $24,000,000. New York City reopened the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an industrial park in 1971. 28 years later, David S. Steiner and his son, Douglas C. Steiner began development of what has become New York City's largest television and movie production facility sitting on 20 of the Navy Yard's nearly 300 acres.


An expansion of the facility through renovation of a seven-story building in the Navy Yard, was announced by its chairman, Douglas C. Steiner, on February 15, 2007.[7]

In March 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled five new sound stages (a total of 30,500 square feet (2,830 m2)) at Steiner Studios.[8] The new sound stages all feature two or three wall cycloramas.[9]

Brooklyn College opened the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema on Steiner Studios’ production lot for the fall 2013 semester.[10] It is the first public graduate school of film in New York and is thought to be the only film school in the country located on a working film lot.[11][12] In November 2013, Carnegie Mellon University announced the creation of the Integrative Media Program at Steiner Studios.

See also


  1. Katherine Clarke (December 1, 2012). "The Closing with Doug Steiner". The Real Deal. Retrieved March 16, 2016. ...My middle name is Craig ....What’s your date of birth? 1960...
  2. "Where Ships Happen: New York City museum celebrates Brooklyn Navy Yard's history". Associated Press. November 19, 2011. Visitors learn, for example, that Steiner Studios --the largest film and television complex outside Hollywood -- is the yard's largest tenant.
  3. 1 2 "Steiner Studios, 'Hollywood East,' Expands Facilities". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. "Steiner Studios Opens Five New Soundstages in New York". Backstage. March 27, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  5. Steiner Studios Project Overview
  6. New York Daily News, November 15, 2007
  7. Steiner Studios (2007-11-22). "Press release: Steiner Studios to Sign Lease on Building at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Doubling Space for Feature Film, Television and Commercial Production". Retrieved 2008-06-23. Hollywood-style Steiner Studios to undergo major expansion - adding new soundstages, post-production, photo studios, and office, wardrobe, and warehouse areas.
  8. "NY studios expand in bid for more films, TV shows". Reuters. March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  9. Steiner Studios Specifications
  10. "Brooklyn College, Steiner Studios partnering on new graduate film school". New York Post. January 20, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  11. "Barry Feirstein to Make Gift for Brooklyn College Film School". The Wall Street Journal. January 21, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  12. "Brooklyn College, Steiner plan film school". Variety. January 20, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2012.

Coordinates: 40°42′2″N 73°58′2″W / 40.70056°N 73.96722°W / 40.70056; -73.96722

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