LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Another player has entered the local film and TV production scene.
Mere weeks after Sanborn Studios, LLC terminated the lease at its primary facility, the space is back open for business under new, local management.
D&B Media Group now operates Florida Sound Stage in Lakewood Ranch.
Sarasota native and resident David Lindberg, a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a local business entrepreneur, founded the company.
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“Florida Sound Stage is up and running,” Lindberg said by phone late Thursday.
His father, Brad Lindberg, is the property owner representative of the former Sanborn Studios facility. He told the Herald in December, “It was an amicable termination of the lease between both parties.”
David Lindberg declined to comment on Sanborn Studios but added that “we are committed to the community and hope to see everyone be successful.”
Florida Sound Stage is comprised of 20,000 square feet of open sound stage space and 3,500 square feet of production offices, according to its website.
Lindberg explained that his company is reaching out to key members of the entertainment community.
Unlike a film or TV studio, Florida Sound Stage will “allow anyone to come in using any rental equipment,” Lindberg said. “We’re making it 100 percent possible for a production of any size to come in and use the facility.”
The sound stage could be used for other activities, as well.
In addition to film/TV production, services listed include corporate events, fashion shows, concerts and weddings.
“We’re exploring every opportunity we can,” Lindberg said.
Karinne Behr, president and partner at Sanborn Studios, was reached late Thursday and issued a statement.
“Sanborn Studios is pleased that the Lindberg family has taken over the operations of the studio in Lakewood Ranch with all the infrastructure that we have built over the last year and a half,” she wrote in an email to the Herald.
“We are thrilled to have created a unique world class facility that the county and the community can be proud of, and that will continue to create new jobs.
Behr’s statement continued, “We wish the Lindberg family, D&B Media and Florida Sound Stage, great success. Sanborn Studios’ production operations will continue to operate in Sarasota County.”
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Visit heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com.