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Daredevil (Netflix)

Marvel's Netflix Series to Film in New York City

New York City to serve as principal filming location for four series epic and one mini-series!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today announced that Marvel's landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel's "flawed heroes of Hell's Kitchen" characters to Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York State. Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking series is Marvel's most ambitious foray yet into live-action television storytelling and represents the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history.


Daredevil will be the first series from Marvel and Netflix to film in New York City

Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs. The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

"New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we're bringing it back bigger and better than ever before," said Governor Cuomo. "And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York's super heroes home where they belong--along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business."

"Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York's economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "The Governor's policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers. Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs."

Jessica Jones

"We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series. Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their 'flawed heroes of Hell's Kitchen' stories," said Alan Fine, President, Marvel Entertainment.

Last November, Disney and Netflix announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel's most popular characters exclusively to the world's leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. Led by a series focused on "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage," the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking viewers deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as "The Defenders," much like "The Avengers."

Luke Cage

This new original TV deal follows last year's landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.

"The Defenders are classic New York characters; smart, resourceful and tough enough to always stand up for what's right," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. "We're delighted they're coming to life on their home turf thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team."

When Governor Cuomo took office in 2011, he made the attraction of the film and television production and post production industries, and jobs and the economic impact they bring with them, a key part of his overall strategy to grow New York State's economy. Since that time, he has signed into law several important changes to both programs to make New York more competitive in this global marketplace, and the results have been significant. Both programs enjoyed record-breaking years in 2013, bringing billions of dollars in new spending and thousands of jobs into the Empire State. The stability provided by multiyear funding has particularly encouraged the development of television series production work, like the new Marvel series, as well as long term investments in infrastructure, all of which creates thousands of jobs directly and indirectly related to the actual productions themselves.

Iron Fist

During calendar year 2013, applications for 183 film productions were submitted that included 124 films, 33 television programs and 26 pilots. These projects will:

-Generate a direct spend of $2.11 billion in NYS;

-Collect a projected $477 million in credits; and

-Hire an estimated 128,165 actors and crew for the 183 projects submitted.

    John Ford, President, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 52 said, "The men and women of the IATSE look forward to participating in this groundbreaking endeavor. Thanks to the vision of Governor Cuomo and the Legislature, the long term funding of the production incentives gives employers the comfort they need to invest in these new avenues of entertainment, which will provide thousands of new jobs with good wages and benefits."

    Thomas J. O'Donnell, President Teamsters Local 817 said, "Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 is thrilled that Marvel's newest television series will be filmed in New York. This long-term commitment is an incredible accomplishment that will bring not just jobs, but also stability to our members work and family lives."

    Watch the full press conference featuring New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada and Disney CEO Bob Iger directly below, along with a full image gallery from the event!

    Marvel's Defenders Full Press Conference

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    Ironic considering the new Daredevil series has him disbarred in New York and he's living in San Francisco now. Marvel needs to get on the same page across the board. Just please don't change the ethnicity of any characters because Fox thinks it's a good idea.


    @bobo24  Moving to San Fran in the comics doesn't mean he can't be in NY in the show. The comics will never be in the same moment as the movies/shows. 


    MARVEL dont make them DEFENDERS..thats Dr.Strange,Hulk,Valkyrie,Hellcat,Nighthawk,Namor,and the Silver Surfer ( please get the rights back from fox). !! Call this HEROS FOR HIRE or MARVEL KNIGHTS...leave the Defenders name for the real Defenders team ! SAVE IT FOR DR.STRANGE AND HULK !  


    I grew up with The Defenders comic books. Are Hulk and Dr Strange still in it or is all that screwed-up now with NOW!? 


    @deanflory  The original Defenders of Strange, Surfer, Hulk and Namor hasn't been around for decades. Strange summons different people per mission requirements.


    Daredevil already has a new comic book series which is very good, imagine how his TV show will e on Netflix in 2015!!!


    I wonder if they're going to tackle Luke Cage story lines relating to the continual harassment of NYC minorities by the ever stop-and-frisk-tastic, civil-rights-violating New York City police dept.

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    I'm so excited to see Luke Cage and Iron Fist have their shows, and Daredevil's due for a proper title in visual media. I'm only bummed its not being called Heroes for Hire. The Defenders isn't terrible but I really feel that name should be the name for the cinematic universe's West Coast Avengers and have that on Netflix, as well; when you think about it, a second, more-on-duty team makes sense, and it could be lead by Hawkeye thus giving him more screen time and have Don Cheadle's War Machine in there as well plus other lesser known Marvel heroes like Nova, Moon Knight, and Mockingbird.


    @DT280  i agree ! THE DEFENDERS are DR.Strange, Hulk, Valkyrie, Hellcat, Namor, And the Surfer  


    @marvelous19999 @DT280  If you want to get technical the original Defenders were Strange, Hulk, Surfer and Namor. But after those first comics the Defenders were many different characters. There is no set roster, just certain people that come back for other missions more often.


    how do i find out the exact days and times they are gonna film?id love to see it,maybe even be an extra,if possible.it would be such an awesome experience!


    VERY excited about this news!!  It just goes to show how much Marvel cares about creating an authentic experience.  Can't wait to see these miniseries' in 2015.


    When and where can we apply for any of the 3000 jobs that will be available?