Buffalo Niagara Film Commission moves to WNED

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Buffalo Niagara Film Commission moves to WNED

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT


For the third time since its inception nearly a decade ago, the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission has a new headquarters and affiliated organization.

The film commission, which in recent weeks has landed several major productions, has shifted its offices from Visit Buffalo Niagara to the Western New York Public Broadcasting Corp.

"WNED is a little bit of a better fit for us," said Tim Clark, film commission executive director. "It puts in an environment that can help us in so many ways."

Clark said among the advantages of being based out of Western New York Public Broadcasting's downtown Buffalo headquarters is having immediate use and access to its elaborate sound stage. It also ties in Western New York Public Broadcasting's goal of producing more public broadcast films locally.

"Our long-term plan is to produce broadcast films right in the building and having the film commission here is a win-win for everyone," said Donald Boswell, WNED president and CEO.

Western New York Public Broadcasting has a close working relationship with PBS when it comes to working on films and related productions.

Much like Visit Buffalo Niagara, Western New York Public Broadcasting has donated the office space to the commission.

"The reality is, we are out of the office and working on site more than sitting at a desk waiting for the phone to ring," Clark said.

Funded through Erie County and city of Buffalo resources, the two-person film commission was originally housed and worked as an adjunct to the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise. It then shifted to Visit Buffalo Niagara. Visit Buffalo Niagara is located in the Market Arcade complex.

Western New York Public Broadcasting, besides housing offices, has a number of sound stages and technical centers needed for film productions, both during filming and the post-production period. Besides working on movies starring the likes of Matthew Broderick, Clark and his assistant, Rich Wall, work with a number of industrial and commercial film makers.

"The move puts us in an environment that's more conducive for film making and TV productions," Clark said. "There is a natural synergy being here."

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