ESPN to Build Studio in Seaport District

NEW YORK — ESPN plans to rent a new studio in the Pier 17 building along the East River in lower Manhattan next spring. Pier 17 is in the Seaport District being redeveloped by The Howard Hughes Corporation.

ESPN will occupy approximately 19,000-square-feet of rentable space within its waterfront development at Pier 17. The long-term lease has been executed with ESPN’s studio partner at the Seaport, NEP Studios. In celebration of the announcement, Pier 17’s façade was lit “ESPN red” Monday evening, marking the first time the building has been fully illuminated. The grand opening of the Pier 17 rooftop is scheduled for summer 2018.

Starting next spring, ESPN will produce multiple studio shows from this location, as well as radio, radio on TV, news hits and social segments. ESPN has main broadcasting studios and headquarters in Bristol, CT. It also broadcast some shows from ABC Studios in Times Square.

The new Pier 17 facility offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, East River and city skyline. It will provide ESPN with a unique opportunity to create content within the studio, outside the facility on Pier 17 and its rooftop venue, and around the neighborhood’s historic cobblestone areas. NEP Studios will provide technical services and staffing for the shows.

“The Seaport District production facility is a state-of-the-art content factory that will allow us to produce differentiated studio content for both television and digital,” said Connor Schell, Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN. “The flexible spaces, both indoor and outdoor, allow us to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer.”

David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation, stated, “We are pleased to welcome ESPN as the latest addition to the Seaport District. They will bring a new dimension of entertainment to the neighborhood with live daily telecasts from Pier 17 in what I believe will become one of the most iconic studio spaces in the country. This is yet another sign of Lower Manhattan’s evolution into a vibrant hub for the media, technology and creative sectors.”

“We are pleased to celebrate the announcement in such a dynamic way, with all 150 glass channels comprising the façade of Pier 17 being lit red in honor of ESPN and showcasing the building’s lightband,” said Saul Scherl, Executive Vice President of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This announcement further distinguishes the Seaport as a one-of-a-kind destination with its unique mix of culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural offerings.”

Barry Katz, Senior Vice President and GM of NEP Group, added, “Television goes where the audience is, and the historic Seaport welcomes millions of New Yorkers, visitors and potential audience members each year. We’re excited to support ESPN and their new space with the best technical services and staffing NEP has to offer, and to be a part of the Seaport District’s continued transformation.”