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Unity Studios Set to Open in Allen Park

Unity Studios – City of Allen Park Announces Film & Television Studio

City of Allen Park officials announced a major movie studio deal Tuesday that will create a $146-million, full-service movie, television and new media production studio. Project is named Unity Studios. Unity Studios on Facebook

The factory will be built on 104 acres in Allen Park and include 750,000 square feet of production, post-production and production support services facilities with eight sound stages.


Unity Studios Sketch


Hollywood production executive Jimmy Lifton is leading the project. A native of the Detroit area and founder of Oracle Post, a production studio based in Burbank and Santa Monica, Calif., he will join Allen Park officials this afternoon to unveil the plans.

The studio will employ “thousands” of skilled workers, most of them in unionized trades, a spokesman for the project said. Residents of Allen Park and “laid off union workers from across the region will get first shot at the jobs,” the spokesman, Roger Martin, said Monday morning.

Part of the studio will occupy a former Visteon research and development center at 16630 Southfield Road in Allen Park.

No new taxes are needed to support the project, Martin said. But a spokeswoman for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said the project may qualify for Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax incentives. Michigan’s lucrative tax rebates for movie production work, worth up to 42% of qualifying production costs, was essential in getting the project for the state.

Allen Park Mayor Gary Burtka said, “This announcement amounts to an economic development blockbuster for the city, Wayne County and state.

“During the current recession, no region in Michigan — and perhaps no region in the entire nation — has been hit harder economically than Downriver. It represents new hope and, more importantly, job opportunities for thousands of Allen Park and Wayne County residents and autoworkers who have lost their jobs.”

Contact John Gallagher.


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  1. I see that there new educational opportunities; however, I would like to know whether there will be jobs before the new facility is finished. I am looking at being unemployed within the next couple of weeks to a month due to this current economy, and I am looking for an opportunity that is long lasting, or at least financially. I have an associate degree, but I found nothing in my field. I already have acting experience through the many theater venues in Detroit, but had to settle in a job at a camera store that is now closing. My question is rather simple: will there be jobs in the next few months that satify what this education will be asked of?

    Comment by Jason — April 14, 2009 @ 12:45 pm


    Comment by Michigan Film — April 18, 2009 @ 1:03 am

  3. Are these opportunities with Unity Studios or jobs with Michigan Film production in the meantime? I live in the suburbs of Chicago and I’m ready and would love to move to Allen Park for a chance at a goal career opportunity in the film industry. Thanks!

    Comment by Ryan — April 21, 2009 @ 7:53 am

  4. I am a unemployed automobile manufacturing engineer and program manager

    Comment by Craig Hildebrand — April 24, 2009 @ 11:51 am

  5. I am a unemployed resident Of Allen Park. I have 11yrs of Administrative Assistant skills. Will there be an opportunity working for Unity Studios in Allen Park? with my skills. I am willing to do learn something new and able to travel. I just dont want to miss this oppprtunity.

    Comment by Barbara A McElwain — April 27, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  6. I would love to find out how to get into this industry. I’m trying to find a website to post my resume..anyone know anything?

    Comment by Graciela Barcenas — April 27, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  7. It’s great to see that you are supporting Michigan people affected by the declining economy. I work for a locally owned expediting freight company that would like to have an opportunity to service Unity Studios. Who would be the appropriate person to contact and get our information to? Thank you for your help.

    Comment by Heather — April 28, 2009 @ 11:33 am


    Comment by Michigan Film — April 28, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

  9. Who can I contact to send a graphic design portfolio into this Unity Studios?

    Comment by Derrick — May 2, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  10. I have a Great Idea for a Detroit based situation comedy/how-to program. Where do I submit my idea?

    Comment by Dave mellert — May 5, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  11. I am currently unemployed and have several years of security and law enforcement experience. I have been an Allen Park resident for 25 years. Is there going to be any security job openings or classes for the studios?

    Comment by Dan — May 8, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  12. I am an General Motors laid off employee with 21 years of experience,and have been in the carpenters union also for 21 years. We built all the displays for the auto shows where I worked for GM. This movie studios job would be right up my alley. I was part of the stage hand union so I know a lot about the work that is performed for movie production. This would be a huge oppertinuty for myself and my family,if I were to land a movie studio job. Thank you for listening and let me please be considered for employment.

    Comment by Carl Tomaszewski — May 9, 2009 @ 4:21 am

  13. 23 yrs experience in asst. project engineering! Besides the Allen Park website for contact info, where else may we submit a resume?? Please respond.

    Comment by Karen F — May 10, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  14. Hi, nice posts there :-) thank’s for the compelling information

    Comment by gluffep — May 24, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  15. It seems it might not be a bad idea to get an affordable Allen Park address while you still can.

    HOLLYWOOD 48101

    Comment by AP Res. — May 30, 2009 @ 8:10 am

  16. Hello, my name is: David Mosley (Entertainer-Singer-Actor-Wrestler-Manager-Elvis Tribute Artist) Also,I have filmed & directed many different commercials, & add campaigns for my former employer: Oakwood Healthcare Systems of Michigan. I was recently back in Dec. 2008 Laid-Off from my job, with no-return to work. I am in dire need of employment & with all of my skills, I could be useful to any movie studio. Just give me the chance, & lets see just (what) I can do*** Thank You*** David (Elvis) Mosley 313 – 381 – 2031 e-mail –

    Comment by David Lee Mosley — June 3, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

  17. Lefton’s, Unity Studio, Institute for Media Skills.
    Sounds like Hollywood 101 in Hollywood 48101

    Comment by AP res — June 8, 2009 @ 4:10 am

  18. Allen Park’s Unity Studios project an economic blockbuster
    for downriver and SE mi.,offering new hope job’s and Michigan opportunities
    What possible good can come from that :(

    Comment by AP res — June 10, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

  19. Dear Wantabe: everybody and his brother has a film training business and you can bet none of them are FREE,

    Comment by Heather — June 11, 2009 @ 5:21 am


    Comment by JIMMY F. CORLZER — June 12, 2009 @ 11:21 am

  21. The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

    Comment by Kelly Brown — June 12, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  22. Ive driven by the future home of the Unity Studios and didnt see any progress. Does anyone know when they will begin construction? Classes are supposed to begin this fall!

    Comment by Kacy — June 16, 2009 @ 7:27 am

  23. Currently, I run a labor agency that seeks to put general laborers to work. Is there opportunity for the unskilled labor provider? What kind of support will the skilled trades need? Has there been an interest in having a provider on hand just in case it is needed? I’d like to help Unity Studios prepare for the future by building a relationship now. How should I speak with?

    Comment by Jennifer — June 17, 2009 @ 4:53 am

  24. They are just here for the tax break. They are bringing their own people here. The tuition will start from $15,000 for their training. All of these people that are laid off and have lost their jobs, can not afford to pay that amount and more. Where are the jobs for all of the unemployed here in Michigan? There are none. Check the newspaper. They need to leave and go back to California and not use our state for the tax break. Over 2,000 people were at the Unity meeting and were told that they needed only training and no jobs. Some were told they needed $30,000 to start training. What a scam!!!!

    Comment by lw — June 21, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  25. SO that’s that? The optimism and flowery language of the Spring has withered and turned into hopelessness? Nothing better than a multi-level marketing company preying on desperation? I can’t believe it.

    Comment by Peter — July 24, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

  26. Does anyone know who is consulting on equipment that will be placed into Unity?

    Comment by Jackson — August 17, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  27. We’re a union (local 247) labor lumber wholesaler located in Livonia, MI. We’re interested in bidding on the building materials portion of the rennovation & the future lumber/plywood requirement for building sets.
    Who would we contact for these entities?

    Comment by Dave Pompa — August 26, 2009 @ 7:50 am

  28. Is there oppurtunity for someone leaving the medical field. I would love to have a position in the film industry.

    Comment by Del — August 26, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  29. Looking forward to meeting the people behind Unity Studios today. I am currently a radio personality in Detroit, just relocated here from Burbank, CA. I worked as an AE and PA for Craig Murray Productions & Warner Bros. Its nice to know that there are creative jobs coming right here in my hometown!!

    If you are looking to work as an Movie Extra or Production Assistant register with JR Galactic!

    Comment by Jazzy T — August 27, 2009 @ 7:43 am

  30. Please let me know who is the Architect for this project and who handles selecting finishes for the buildings and for the sets.
    Thank you

    Comment by Chris — August 27, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

  31. I am a teacher with a master’s degree in early childhood development. I have had a Michigan State licensed Daycare and Preschool for the past 38 years.

    I am hopeing that you could pass on this information to any of your forth coming and exsisting employees.

    I have hundereds of references and teach an entire preschool program including a certifed music teach/ We provide all meals, and potty trainging.

    Our children ate accepted by six weeks old and may stay until they are six. We are opened year round in our in home daycare. We only allow 12 children in each program.

    Gayle Sue Wells
    Gayle’s Daycare & Preschool

    26030 Marlowe Place
    Oak Park, Michigan 48237


    Comment by Gayle Sue Wells — August 27, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

  32. Hollywood 48101 will be good for everybody.

    Comment by wm ap res — September 2, 2009 @ 7:05 am

  33. Does anyone know anyone who has been negatively effected
    thus far by the movie industry being in Michigan?

    Just A thought

    Comment by william B — November 4, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  34. Studios working together offer safety in numbers, a bigger voice, and a stronger influence,better quality, longer lasting success, with a deserved respect

    Comment by metwoo — November 8, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  35. Unless you can guarantee that work that is shot in your studios will stay for post-production in Michigan, it will face the same problems we have now. Extremely talented individuals layed-off because nobody is keeping the business local. There is NO reason, and I mean NONE, that coloring, editing, visual effects and finishing cannot be accomplished by equally talented in-state staff.

    You must guarantee that a) people here that lost jobs in this industry should be first in line for employment and b) that post work is not going back out to L.A. or N.Y.

    This is a very serious issue that I NEVER see addressed by anyone. All I see is the suggestion of it, but never a plan for it.

    Comment by JKS — November 10, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

  36. can you guys make a movie made from a teenage boy that might probably beat Stare wars

    Comment by will — February 24, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

  37. I am excited that I have an opportunity to audition for movies in Michigan. I would like the chance to display my talents in the near future. I am a 3rd grade teacher with a background in theater. Does anyone know who I can contact to audition for any upcoming movies? My email address is Thank you!

    Comment by Angella Turnage — February 25, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  38. This June 29th 2010 is HOLLYWOOD 48101 still alive ?

    Just a thought

    Comment by william B — June 20, 2010 @ 7:02 am

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    Comment by Player Profiles — October 29, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

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