MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A state-of-the-art film studio is one step closer to coming to Whitehaven.
The Land Use Control Board approved plans for the multi-million dollar development, and then it’ll head to the Memphis City Council for final approval.
The studio would be located at the corner of Elvis Presley Blvd. and Scaife Road.
Jason Farmer, CEO and Founder of BLP Film Studios, grew up in Whitehaven, so he wanted this development back in his neighborhood. He said this development is poised to the second largest Black-owned company of its kind in the US.
“There’s a dire shortage of content that’s targeted toward Black and brown audiences, and there’s not a place where these creators can go to build content, so we’re hoping to make Memphis that place, and it becomes the epicenter,” said Farmer.
Farmer and his son, along with his partner Carolyn Henry are spearheading the development. Farmer said they want to work with filmmakers with small to midsize budgets.
He said they plan to start with one to two films in production a year and eventually move toward creating 40-50 projects a year.
“Now that I’m getting to learn the process and what goes into making moves, I understand how hard it to just get a film made, so having a film studio located in Memphis is a big opportunity for up and coming filmmakers,” said Jason Farmer II.
The development would also include 12 sound stages, editing suites, private housing, and a hotel, plus the development would create 500 jobs in the process.
Farmer said about 60 percent of most film budgets are spent within the immediate community, which means a major economic boost in Whitehaven all year long.
“Although the campus would be the epicenter, it would create a unique ecosystem where it will tap into local businesses to fill this need to fully staff our production,” said Farmer. “It’ll be an ongoing stimulus to the economy and allow us to build a big industry around film tv space.”
If the city council approves the development, Farmer said they plan to break ground this fall with hopes of opening in 2024.
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