Made in NYC Media Center Opens
Mayor Bloomberg had two exciting announcements for New York City's entertainment and media industries yesterday. One involved the unveiling of New York City’s first entertainment and digital media incubator, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, at 30 John Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The other was Cornell NYC Tech's announcement of a new "connective media" program that will train technologists to work in digital media.
Both initiatives are designed to help NYC maintain its position as media capital of the world in the digital age.
The ribbon-cutting at the Made in NY Media Center was a futuristic representation of how the facility will propel the City's media industry. Questlove, Made in NY Media Center's artist-in-residence, and IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente wore headsets that allowed them to cut the Center's ceremonial ribbon without lifting a finger.
“New York City is a leader in media and entertainment, and it is imperative that we continue to cultivate talent in order to maintain this position and allow the sector to reach new levels of success,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “These initiatives ensure that New York City will be the home of future generations of media talent, and that our City will remain at the center of the digital world.”
The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute is already accepting applications for its first class of students to begin studies in the fall of 2014. The Media Center will also host a range of educational programs including courses in cross-media strategy, technology, and entrepreneurship from IFP and General Assembly. Storytellers, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs across multiple disciplines are encouraged toapply for membership to the incubator space.
“We can’t take our position as the world’s media capital for granted, because the way media is produced and consumed is changing dramatically,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Media creators and tech companies have a lot to gain from a strong, collaborative working relationship – and New York City will reap the benefits of that partnership in the form of job creation and global competitiveness.”
NYCEDC is honored to join IFP, General Assembly, and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in bringing innovation to NYC's local media, digital, and entertainment industries through these two initiatives. For more information, read the Mayor's official release.