Sony Music Studios

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Former site of Sony Music Studios in October 2008.

Sony Music Studios was a well-known former music recording and mastering facility in New York City. The music and broadcasting complex was located at 460 W. 54th Street, at 10th Avenue, in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. It opened in 1993,[1] and closed in August 2007.

In addition to being the production facility for new popular, classical and other albums, it was also used as space for soundtrack recording and mixing, post-production, and rehearsals. Sony Music Studios also had facilities for live and taped television broadcasts.

Prior to its acquisition by Sony in 1993, the industrial red-brick barn, was owned by Camera Mart for 20 years, and leased the space to movie and television producers.[1]


The complex hosted the first US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for ABC in 1999 (on a one-day delay), before the current syndicated version and occasional specials moved to ABC-owned studios further north on the West Side of Manhattan. Other programs recorded or aired live from the Sony Music Studios included MTV Unplugged (including MTV Unplugged in New York, 1993 by Nirvana[2] ), Sessions at West 54th, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and VH1’s Hard Rock Live.

Sony Music was also home to the current version of the word game Chain Reaction, hosted by Dylan Lane. Millionaire and Chain Reaction, both packaged by Michael Davies, are the only two daily national quiz shows currently produced in New York.

Sony Music Studios also hosted America: A Tribute to Heroes, a live telethon held 10 days after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The special also featured segments from CBS Television City in Los Angeles. Neither location was disclosed before air time because of security concerns.

On June 7, 2007, after a failed buyout attempt by former studio head Andy Kadison, Sony BMG Music Entertainment announced that it would be closing the studios. The building sold in November 2007 for $44 million, and it has been razed to be replaced by luxury condos.

The last television production housed by the studio was "Grand Slam", another Michael Davies and Embassy Row production, hosted by Dennis Miller.


  1. ^ a b "From Newsreels to Records: A New Home for Sony Music". New York Times. May 10, 1993. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Courtney Love: Kurt Cobain Broadway Musical 'Very Likely' to Happen". Billboard. April 2, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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