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Department of State

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Phiphen Studios Launches in Englewood Cliffs

Ribbon cutting ceremony on October 22nd

NEWARK, N.J. – Phiphen Studios, a boutique state-of-the art post-production house, is now open for business. The facility will be serving New Jersey's growing film community as studio, network, and independent productions continue flocking to the Garden State.

“New Jersey continues to attract the kind of critical infrastructure that can support our burgeoning film and television industry and utilize our skilled workforce,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “We are delighted to add Phiphen Studios to our growing production community and look forward to welcoming the subsequent studios that plan to join us here in the Garden State.”

“New Jersey is the birthplace of Solax, the first female-led studio built in the early 1900s by the extraordinary movie mogul and filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “We have now come full circle in welcoming the female-owned company Phiphen Studios to the state and we wish them much success.”

“Phiphen Studios joins a community of savvy entertainment industry leaders who recognize New Jersey’s clear advantages for film production,” said New Jersey Economic Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “As a woman-owned business, it’s also emblematic of Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for the film industry’s potential to create exciting and career defining opportunities for a diverse population of New Jersey workers and business owners.”

This studio is the latest expansion of the New Jersey production company Phiphen, a female-led business founded by award-winning producers, Molly Connors and Jane Sinisi.

“We couldn’t be more excited to cut the ribbon and fully launch Phiphen Studios in Englewood Cliffs. This has been a labor of love for our team and we’re so happy to welcome the film industry and our community to the studio,” said Molly Connors, COO of Phiphen Studios and CEO and founder of Phiphen.

“We want to establish that New Jersey itself has its own identity to make amazing films and we are so grateful to share this moment with all of you. It is a major milestone for the film community and New Jerseyans, one that should be celebrated,” added Phiphen Studios CEO Jane Sinisi.

Phiphen Studios adds to the production infrastructure that has been growing in New Jersey since the reinstatement of the New Jersey Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program, which offers eligible production companies up to 35% transferrable tax credit on qualified film production expenses, plus an additional 2% or 4% diversity bonus for qualified productions. Since 2021, several major studios have been built in-state including Palisade Stages and 10 Basin Studios in Kearny, Cinelease Studios Caven Point in Jersey City, and Sustainable Studios in Moonachie.

The new facility offers 10,000 square feet of post-production and office space, in addition to a 25 seat 4K theater, executive suites, conference rooms, kitchens, and outdoor space.

Recent productions filmed here include Paramount’s fright film Smile, M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming feature Knock at the Cabin, AGC Studios and Netflix’s upcoming romantic comedy The Romantic Find starring Gabrielle Union, Apple TV+’s The Greatest Beer Run Ever and its critically acclaimed thriller series Severance, and such network television series and shows as CBS’ The Equalizer and FBI: Most Wanted, NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime, AMC’s The Walking Dead: City of the Dead, and MTV’s Wild ‘N Out.


About the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
The NJMPTC, which falls under the New Jersey Department of State’s Business Action Center, is staffed by industry professionals and serves as a resource for production companies. The Commission promotes film and television production in New Jersey.

 


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