Saugerties film studio gets a $500,000 grant
William J. Kemble reports in the Daily Freeman that Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello is excited about Empire State Development’s $500,000 grant to Upriver Studios in his town. The film production company just moved to the former KTB Associates site on Tomsons Road recently, with plans to construct a 100,000-square-foot building there for film and television production. “There’s a real true jobs story that goes along with that,” Costello said. “There’s at least 200 employees here every day, and when they’re doing certain filming, that payroll expands substantially to support that.” Upriver Studios was founded by actor/director Mary Stuart Masterson, has a home in Northern Dutchess, with film producer Beth Davenport and actress/producer Diane Wheeler-Nicholson as a “climate-forward, women-owned facility.” The town supervisor says that all that means spending in town, not just jobs. “The local vendors are doing well supplying their needs,” he said. “That’s from hardware supplies all the way through to food service.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.