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Hollywood in the heartland: Major entertainment studio coming to Missouri

Missouri leaders this week announced plans to build the largest entertainment production services and rehearsal facility of its kind in the nation.

The 32-acre, $111 million Gateway Studios development near St. Louis will include a 330,000-square-foot complex, employ more than 100 highly skilled music and film manufacturing and production professionals, and see the manufacturing, building, testing and launching of globally touring musical acts and movies.

“We are excited to welcome Gateway Studios and the music and film manufacturing industry to Missouri,” Gov. Mike Parson said. “We know Missouri’s central location will be an asset for Gateway Studios and its globally featured products. These 100 new music and film jobs will help expand the skillset of our workforce as we continue our efforts to prepare Missourians for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The new campus will be built adjacent to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport and Interstate 64, providing easy, convenient and private access for clients using the facilities.

“This is a game-changer for the live event and production industry,” Gateway CEO Trey Kerr said. “”We are adding capacity and additional services, while creating hundreds of jobs for an industry that has largely been on pause for more than a year. We have an extraordinary senior leadership team with more than 100 years of experience in live touring production. GSPS offers audio, lighting, video production services and live event management. This is a facility that could only have been built from the ground up, designed and planned by industry professionals, so complete that it is without compromise.”

Extensive training and educational opportunities will build a solid talent pipeline for this new industry in Missouri. The campus is projected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023. Missouri competed with Georgia and Tennessee for the project.

“We were thrilled to work with Gateway Studios on this exceptional new development,” said Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “This project will create more than 100 new jobs that will enhance the local economy and launch a new and vibrant industry in Missouri. There is nothing else like this in our state, and we are very much looking forward to seeing where this takes us.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice