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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > April 2015 > Welcome Paramount Pictures

Welcome Paramount Pictures

MAYOR BROWN ROLLS OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND ITS ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2’ MOVIE CREW

April 15, 2015 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced details of the upcoming motion picture shoot of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ in Buffalo.  As previously disclosed, Paramount Pictures will be shooting a series of action sequence scenes in the City of Buffalo as part of its sequel to the original blockbuster.

“We are pleased to have this major movie production in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement continues his commitment to support growing industries, including Buffalo’s emerging film industry.  “Paramount Pictures has booked over 2, 200 room nights in our city and the production will spend millions of dollars in Buffalo.  In addition, Paramount Pictures will be hiring local crews, eating in local restaurants and spending their money in Buffalo.  I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his role in helping to bring this shoot to our city.  We look forward to a great experience for city residents, city merchants and Paramount Pictures.”

Paramount Pictures Unit Production Manager Wendy Williams joined Mayor Brown at today’s announcement in his office at Buffalo City Hall where it was also announced that production of a series of action sequence scenes will occur on the Kensington Expressway in the overnight hours from May 4th through the morning of May 17, 2015.  This sequence will require the closure of Route 33 in both directions from downtown Buffalo to Route 198 from 7pm – 6am on those dates.

Also in attendance today were Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Timothy Clark, Cindy Abbott Letro, Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, representatives from New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and NITECC (Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition) - the region’s authority on traffic coordination. Also in attendance were other city officials and several community leaders in the neighborhood where the filming will take place.

“We are pleased to see Paramount Pictures recognize Buffalo and Western New York as part of this major film franchise,” said Film Commission Chair Cindy Abbott Letro. “Mayor Brown has been an important advocate and friend of the film industry and his commitment was imperative in securing this major movie project.”

Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, Buffalo has become a new hotbed for movie and television production.  He is in the process of hiring a qualified consulting team that can help further grow this unique market as part of a strategic plan to direct economic benefits, including the creation of jobs, attracting investments and stimulating local economies, into neighborhoods where filming occurs in Buffalo.

Mayor Brown’s commitment to build on Buffalo’s growing reputation as a diverse, interesting, and creative film center includes:

  • Providing municipal support of filmmaking (police and other city services like roads)
  • Offering support and encouragement to local (and national) film-makers
  • Providing funding for the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission
  • He voted in favor of the film production tax incentive as a state senator
  • Promoting Buffalo’s beautiful scenery and talented labor pool as a draw
  • Supported new programs including Daemen College’s nearly $2 million state-of-the-art Visual Effects Facility

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 is directed by David Green. Michael Bay is producing alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick also producing. Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec are writing and will executive produce with Denis Stewart.  The film will be released by Paramount Pictures in 2016.