Manhattan Center Expands Business Opportunities & Unveils An Upgraded And Expanded HD Television Studio.. TV1

By on December 15, 2011

Manhattan Center Expands Business Opportunities & Unveils An Upgraded And Expanded HD Television Studio.. TV1

The coming year 2012 is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting year for Manhattan Center.

With the recent re-opening of TV1, its upgraded and redesigned HD television studio, Manhattan Center is entering a new and exciting era of development, taking its history of superior television and media production to new heights. The highly-acclaimed talk show host, Graham Norton, was the first to avail of the new TV1 when he produced 13 episodes of his new show entitled “Would You Rather…?” for BBC America this past October 2011.

“New York City finally has a brand new high definition television studio that is not only technologically superior, but is also quite beautiful. Clients absolutely love working here.” Obie O’Brien, Director of Audio & Television
Further, and with the Hammerstein Ballroom no longer subject to any exclusive agreement for live concerts, all concert promoters, in addition to event producers, planners, production companies, and vendors are invited to make, and to continue to make, Manhattan Center their #1 New York City media and entertainment facility. Since it first opened its doors in 1906, Manhattan Center has hosted music concerts, charity events, corporate galas, celebrity events, political events, fashion shows, product launches, dance events, sports events, award shows and trade shows. Between the renowned Hammerstein Ballroom and the beautiful Grand Ballroom, the sky is the limit when it comes to the invaluable options available for a wide variety of events.
Major media players such as MTV, VH1, Turner, ESPN, CBS, CMT and BET have all taken advantage of the exceptional array of facilities available at Manhattan Center. Just this past year alone, Manhattan Center has been the venue of choice for some of the most prestigious, and glamorous events. Whether private or corporate events, invite-only awards ceremonies or public concerts, industry leaders of today have chosen Manhattan Center. Events include: Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Honoring George Harrison hosted by Alicia Keys; Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump; America’s Got Talent hosted by Sharon Osborne, Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel; The Big Lebowski Blu-Ray Release & Cast Reunion; Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality; and Microsoft’s Openhouse, rolling out its new Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update.
Alicia Keys: Keep A Child Alive at the Hammerstein Ballroom

“Empire Entertainment has first had the pleasure of producing events at the Manhattan Center in 1997 with InStyle Magazine’s What’s Sexy Now Party. In the intervening years, Manhattan Center has played host to many successful Empire events including Keep A Child Alive Black Ball, The Webby Awards, Mary J. Blige FFAWN Honors Concert, Rhapsody Presents: Santana ‘All That I Am’ Live from New York, and many more. In our many years of working in this venue, we have consistently had positive experiences and delivered success for our clients. We have found the staff at Manhattan Center to be excellent partners in our productions and they have been consistently knowledgeable, flexible, cost effective, team-oriented and helpful in every way. We consider both the venue and the staff to be great partners.” J.B. Miller, Empire Entertainment
Countless world-renowned and cutting-edge artists have performed at the Hammerstein and the Grand Ballrooms over the past years from all genres of music, including Muse, Jeff Beck, The Strokes, Guns N’ Roses, Pat Benatar, Pixies, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin, Portishead, Kylie Minogue, Nicki Minaj, The Flaming Lips, Primal Scream, Grace Jones, Tiesto.
Kylie Minogue: Opening Aphrodite at the Hammerstein Ballroom

Recently, the score for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, produced by Scott Rudin and scheduled for release at the end of this year, was recorded at Manhattan Center, using the Grand Ballroom and Studio 7 for tracking. Film scores for True Grit, directed by the Coen Brothers, and You Don’t Know Jack, directed by Barry Levinson, were both recorded in the Grand Ballroom, as was Spike Lee’s 9/11 Tribute “Empire State of Mind.” Whether the project is a full-blown orchestral film score, a classical orchestral recording, or simply an intimate chamber ensemble, trio, piano and violin, the natural acoustics of the Grand Ballroom gives any recording project a particular sound quality that defies emulation and has made this magnificent venue New York City’s most sought after recording facility.
Behind the Scenes: Empire State of Mind (Part II) 9/11 Tribute at the Grand Ballroom

4-time Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer and Record Producer Jimmy Douglass said about Manhattan Center’s Studio 4; “Wow! I liked the look of it, the feel of it. It just felt really special. I said this is a fantastic room. I would love to be able to do a project here. I had no idea I would park here and put up stakes here for the next decade plus, but that’s exactly what happened. I came back and worked with Timbaland, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Missy, Jay-Z, Duran Duran – the list just goes on and on.

Given these significant business developments and the fact that there is no other directly competitive media and entertainment facility in New York City that offers similar production services at such a high level, Manhattan Center is poised to become an even more valuable resource throughout 2012. By raising the bar on audio recording and television production, the possibilities of exploiting one live performance for countless uses are endless.

From conceptualization, to implementation, to end result, Manhattan Center can handle it all ‘in-house.’ That enables our clients to fully integrate their live experience and media capture, via broadcast, stream, or webcast, for absolutely any event or project, within any part of our facility. This is our mission.” Sarah-Jane Bennison, Director of Sales & Marketing

There’s a reason why The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Fashion Show 2012 (Federal Government’s National Campaign for Women’s Heart Health has chosen to celebrate its 10th Anniversary at Hammerstein Ballroom during New York Fashion Week 2012, marking the first time it has ever taken place outside of the Tents: Manhattan Center provides the perfect venue and production capability to accommodate any need and every style.

Manhattan Center has it all and has done it all! 


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.