Disney Filming A TV Pilot On Spring And Mercer

Disney Filming A TV Pilot On Spring And Mercer

I saw a film crew outside Spring and Mercer Streets this week (Wednesday, March 19, 2014) and asked one of the crew members what they were filming:

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The crew member told me they were filming a pilot TV series for Disney. Ironically enough, I spent most of last week (3/13-3/18) at Disney in Florida so my Disney adventure didn’t end there.  See below for a picture of me at Epcot last week:

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I researched all about this potential new show and discovered that Disney and Marvel are collaborating to film 60 episodes of Marvel’s four Netflix series in NYC built around Marvel characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.

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Disney’s CEO Bob Iger said that “New York was “our first choice” to film four NYC-based Marvel “Defenders” series and a miniseries planned for Netflix beginning in 2015.”

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of NYC, has been a big supporter of this as it generates jobs.  The NY State provided Disney with undisclosed breaks and incentives estimated at $4M for the project.  It is estimated that this project will create 3,000 jobs including 400 full time on 52 one-hour live action episodes.

On the NY State website from February 26, 2014:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today announced that Marvel’s landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel’s ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ characters to Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York State. Produced by Marvel Television, in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking series is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action television storytelling and represents the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history.

Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs. The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” said Governor Cuomo. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”

The Walt Disney Co. will spend $200 million over three years filming four series based on Marvel’s street heroes characters in New York City for Netflix — the biggest TV or film production commitment in the history of New York State, officials said.

Although the filming of the pilot is currently in action, the Marvel Defenders production will begin filming the regular season starting July 2014.