After months of speculation, it looks like Netflix is really coming to the Jersey Shore! According to a New York Times Article this week, The tech giant has been selected as the top bidder for a piece of land occupied by the former Army base, about 50 miles south of New York City, two people with knowledge of the decision said. Netflix still has several hoops to jump through — economic terms are not yet final, and more approvals are needed — but this gets it closer than ever to have a major production complex in the Northeast. The article goes on to say that the company was the top bidder of many for the 300-acre site, which was officially closed over a decade ago.
According to its Wikipedia page, as of September 2022, Netflix had 222 million subscribers worldwide, including 73.3 million in the United States and Canada; 73.0 million in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, 39.6 million in Latin America, and 34.8 million in the Asia-Pacific region. It is available worldwide aside from Mainland China, Syria, North Korea, and Russia. Netflix has played a prominent role in independent film distribution, and it is a member of the Motion Picture Association. So yeah, this would be a big deal for our area!
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has long been a proponent of bringing Hollywood productions back to the Garden State, said recently in a statement, “We are thrilled to hear that Netflix is interested in establishing a serious presence in New Jersey and look forward to working with them and the rest of the industry to create good-paying jobs and spur economic growth throughout the state.”
According to John Koblin, who covers the television industry for the New York Times, if Netflix does claim the space, it will be the company’s second-biggest production complex, after its studios in New Mexico. Last year, Netflix also opened a studio in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.