The Austin Film Society announced Tuesday that it has completed the Creative Media Center at Austin Studios, the latter of which features 20 acres of production facilities.


The new Creative Media Center and the adjacent Stage 7 expand Austin Studios by 38,500 square feet of space, which will be available for short-term production rentals or long-term leases to independent filmmakers, production companies and other film-related or creative media businesses.


Now at the shell and core phase, the Creative Media Center can be finished out to tenant specifications. A central lobby and meeting spaces will be available for community use. The adjoining Stage 7 is complete and available for diverse short-term or long-term rentals.


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This is intended to be the public-facing building for Austin Studios, a facility largely hidden from easy view. A large sculpture called Split Diopter by Texas artist Eric Eley, commissioned by the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program, is on the front lawn.


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Austin Studios has been a key infrastructure component for the film, television and media industry in Austin, both short- and long-term, since 2000. It is home to Richard Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, Chapman Leonard Studio Equipment Inc., Rooster Teeth, MPS Camera & Lighting, the casting agencies of Beth Sepko and Vicky Boone, and others.