Dallas Film News
South Side Studios in Dallas will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation following its recent acquisition by Talon Entertainment Finance, according to release from the Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office.
Located just south of downtown Dallas, South Side is the only large-scale film & TV production facility & studio in the city. The existing soundstage has recently hosted the filming of shows like The Chosen, Dallas, and Queen of the South, among others.
The renovation will include a thorough upgrade to the existing buildings, as well as the addition of LED wall technology. Talon Entertainment Finance, led by co-founder Steven Demmler, plans to construct five soundstages to replace the existing soundstage, ranging in size from 8,000 to 25,000 square feet.
The studio will be home to a state-of-the-art post-production facility, production offices, a mill, a prop house, camera packages, and G&E packages.
It will also feature two new virtual production studios, including a 270-degree wall and ceiling setup with complete tracking and robotic camera equipment.
"Developing a large-scale soundstage is vital for any community to be truly competitive in the entertainment industry," said Tony Armer, Commissioner for the Dallas Film and Creative Industries Office, in a statement. "It’s a credit to the film potential in Dallas that Talon recognized this and was willing to quickly commit to support this project."
The studios will also be eligible for an extra 2.5 percent incentive bump from a state incentive package of $200 million put into place by Texas lawmakers earlier this year. According to the release, this will make it one of the most economical locations to house productions in the state.
The Talon Entertainment Finance team will offer economical debt from their film fund to all productions that shoot in-house, in addition to the potential of discussing equity for the right projects.
Portions of the studio will be open during renovations, with the aim to open fully by May 2024.