Three New Stages, Support Space Taking Shape at Allen Park Studio Center


DETROIT, July 27, 2010 – To attract more films and television productions, three new stages, support space and additional office space are taking shape at the Allen Park Studio Center (APSC), generating significant interest from film industry leaders, city officials announced today.

The first step was the recent pouring of more than 150,000 square feet of concrete for the stage floors.

Several productions have already used the APSC, with more slated to come to the complex in the next year. The construction plan, which will not interfere with productions already underway, designated space for two 20,000-square-foot stages for feature film and television production and one 12,000-square-foot stage for green screen and commercials in a large facility originally built for the auto industry. The complex will offer about 20,000 square feet of production office space and more than 40,000 square feet of space for film support company operations.

The APSC is located at 16630 Southfield Road, south of I-94, in Allen Park. S3 Entertainment Group (S3), a Michigan-based production company and a premier liaison in bringing film productions into the state, has entered into a preliminary long-term agreement with Allen Park to manage operations and production development at the APSC.

With S3 involvement, a number of film industry support businesses have expressed significant interest in locating their support operations at the APSC, including state of the art post production facilities, visual and special effects, grip, electric, and specialty equipment, set design/construction, and insurance/film finance, officials said.

“The Allen Park Studio Center project is evolving into so much more than initially anticipated and is now generating significant interest from the industry,” Allen Park Mayor Gary Burtka said.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with the Allen Park Studio Center,” said Jeff Spilman, managing partner of S3. “We have had great success in making sure productions are satisfied with the resources we have here in Michigan to keep them coming back.  With the attention that the city has given to growing this industry, we plan on working together in making the Allen Park Studio Center into the filming destination in the Midwest.”

Existing tenants at the complex include Stautzenberger Institute, Roush Industries, CFS, and Unity Studios/LIMS. While a tenant at the site, Unity Studios is no longer a member or stakeholder of the project’s studio development team.

S3 Entertainment Group (S3) is a Michigan-based production company and a premier liaison in bringing film productions into Michigan. With offices in metro Detroit and Los Angeles, S3 serves as a gateway to help filmmakers get everything that they need in Michigan to have a successful production experience. S3 has been responsible for servicing Michigan’s film industry since the Michigan Film Tax Incentive was introduced in 2008. The company has played a major role in providing services to many large-scale Michigan-based productions, including The Irishman, Gran Torino, and The Wannabes and manages S3 Studios in Madison Heights, Mich. For more information, please visit