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Haven Studios NY Offers Productions Exclusive Use of Sohonet Exchange

Olivia Broadley
Aug 9, 2021
5 min read

With over 70,000 square feet of flexible rentable space, Haven Studios NY is one of the few, perhaps only, women-owned studio enterprises in the country. Host to successful productions by NBC/Universal Television, Warner Bros. Television, and HBO, among others, the studio continues to innovate with a focus on first class communications and connectivity for premier productions.

Owned and operated by Nicole and Gabrielle Zeller, Haven Studios NY is housed in the former manufacturing facility for Zelco Industries, which manufactured award-winning consumer products like the Itty Bitty Book Light.

Located just 20 minutes from Manhattan in Westchester County, the Studios offer 30,000 square feet of soundproofed studio space and over 40,000 square feet of flexible areas for production or production support. Amenities on site include turnkey production offices, kitchenettes, laundry, dressing rooms, wardrobe storage, production shops, conference rooms, hair and makeup salon (with styling stations), light rigging and secure parking.

To that list Haven Studios now adds Sohonet Exchange which supplies and manages Internet, networking, wireless and voice solutions on behalf of tenants.

“We were asked to bring Sohonet Exchange into the Studio on behalf of a client at the beginning of the year,” says co-owner Nicole Zeller. “Having seen how professional the service is and how it is appreciated by film and TV producers we have decided to retain Sohonet Exchange as our exclusive communications services partner. We believe there is real benefit for all of our tenants if we offer them a complete broadband and internet phone system as soon as they move in. Instead of taking several weeks to get up and running, they can work with a fully functioning, comprehensive connectivity from day one.”

Haven Studios NY opened in 2014 and has hosted dramas including HBO’s The Leftovers starring Justin Theroux and NBCU series The Path and New Amsterdam. HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage will begin shooting there later this year.

As a qualified production facility in the state of New York, productions shooting there may qualify for up to a 30% tax credit. Additional tax incentives are available via Haven’s certification as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise.

Haven Studios re-opened at the end of August following Covid-19 enforced lockdown with stringent health and safety measures in place. This includes temperature testing, hand sanitiser stands and social distancing rules.

“It’s a learning curve for us all but we have not had any problems,” reports Zeller. “Haven Studios NY is experienced and equipped to handle all of your production needs and we look forward to helping you make us your home.”

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