FAQS REGARDING USE OF WNED | WBFO STUDIO FACILITIES
Who is WNED | WBFO and where are your studios located?
WNED is the PBS affiliate television station and WBFO is the NPR station in Buffalo, NY and serve the western New York and southern Ontario communities. Our studios are conveniently located in downtown Buffalo near the waterfront and right next door to the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Our address is 140 Lower Terrace Street and we can be easily accessed from the I-190 going north or south and (from the airport) via 33 west to downtown Buffalo.
How many studios do you have?
We have two television production studios and three radio production studios. On the TV side, our primary studio (Studio One) is a 7000 square foot, fully soundproofed space which has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development in New York State as a television/film production facility. This means certain film and TV productions are eligible for tax credits. Please refer to the state film office’s website for more information.
Our second television studio is used mainly for fundraising activities.
Our radio studios are most frequently utilized for recording audio interviews, usually employing the ISDN standard.
Can anyone use the WNED | WBFO studios?
No. The WNED studios are available to television and film production companies, independent and freelance producers; advertising agencies; professional photographers and any other professional media organization. We also open our studio to for profit and non-profit businesses and organizations for company presentations, annual meetings, special events and company sponsored galas. Learn more about our Meeting Space Rentals. Our facilities are not available for private events. WNED Studio One has been rented for a variety of purposes since we moved to our current location in 1993. From television and film production to high profile public meetings, it has hosted hundreds of clients and events. Inquiries should be made to WNED’s Production and Facilities Manager, Phil Teibel.
Are there special rates for non-profit groups?
Yes. We have historically been able to offer use of our studio to non-profit groups at a discounted rate. However due to changing economic conditions, we are no longer able to do that as a standard practice. Please contact our Production and Facilities Manager for information about our new policy.
How can you book the studio and get information on rates, equipment and amenities, etc?
Contact Phil Teibel, WNED’s Production & Facilities Manager for any information regarding use of Studio One, including availability; to request a quote or to get general information on the services we provide. He can be contacted by phone at (716) 845-7010 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does WNED provide catering?
No, catering and/or craft services are arranged by the client. However, WNED can assist you in identifying a suitable caterer for your event or production. WNED does not have a contractual relationship with any specific caterer so you are free to use any vendor or bring in your own food and beverages.
Do I need to know anything else about renting the facilities?
Yes. Use of our studios requires a certificate of liability insurance listing our organization as additional insured with minimum general liability insurance coverage of $1,500,000.00.
If alcoholic beverages are being served, the client or their caterer will have to obtain a temporary liquor license from the New York State Liquor Authority.
Any event taking place outside of normal business hours (M-F/8:30am-5:00pm) will require security. This will be an additional cost to the client. Certain events taking place during normal business hours may also require security depending on the number of people attending and the nature of the event.
What amenities can WNED provide to clients?
For our production clients, WNED offers use of our Mark Russell Green Room, with two adjoining dressing rooms equipped with makeup desks and showers, along with direct access to men’s and women’s bathrooms. The Green Room also has a 50” LCD HD television screen and comfortable seating for up to six people.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the WNED building.
We also have a Lunch Room directly across the hall from Studio One that can be made available for crew meals.
We have a ground level garage bay providing a “straight shot” load-in to our main studio.
How is payment made and what forms of payment do you accept?
For new clients, payment in full is required two weeks ahead of your booking. A check or credit card are acceptable forms of payment. Credit card authorization must be done in advance.
If a booking is cancelled within two weeks of it being scheduled to take place, there will be a $500.00 cancellation fee. If cancelled within one week, full payment will be forfeited.
Production and Facilities Manager