WGN America’s New Original Series Manhattan Will Be Filmed at Santa Fe University of Art and Design

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Interns and alumni from The Film School at SFUAD also part of the production team

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Santa Fe, N.M.— April 8, 2014—Manhattan, a new, original drama series produced by Tribune Studios, Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television which will premiere in July on WGN America, has begun shooting on the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). The lot where Manhattan will do much of its filming is on state property adjacent to the university’s campus, and houses several historical state-owned barracks that originally served as an army hospital during World War II.

Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science – the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico – WGN America’s Manhattan follows the lives of the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. The series is written and created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), who also serves as executive producer alongside executive producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason. Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Sports Night”) directs and also serves as executive producer.

In addition to putting out a call for SFUAD Film School interns, the production has hired recent Film School alumnus Joshua James (Dec. ’13) as the producer’s assistant on Manhattan. In November, James directed the university’s Shoot the Stars film Mr. Stapleton, starring Hollywood actors Jordana Spiro and Richmond Arquette. SFUAD faculty Hank Rogerson and Victor Talmadge have also secured guest roles on the production, as a military policeman and medical doctor, respectively.

“We are very excited to have Manhattan filming on our campus, and for the collaboration opportunities between our Film School and the production,” said Larry Hinz, president of Santa Fe University of Art and Design. “We feel that it’s critically important to expose students to real-life experiences in the industry, and the credentials of the cast and crew of Manhattan are impressive.” The production has said that approximately 200 New Mexico crew members and more than 3,000 actors and background talent will be hired during production of the series.

A&E TV show Longmire has also hired interns from the SFUAD student body to serve in various capacities for its past two seasons—ranging from positions with the production, wardrobe, camera and electrical departments. Longmire is already back filming its third season at Garson Studios on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus.

About Manhattan

The series stars John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C,” “The Good Wife”) as Frank Winter, the brilliant but self-destructive professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project; Olivia Williams (“Dollhouse”) as Liza Winter, a brilliant botanist who accompanies her husband Frank to Los Alamos; Daniel Stern (“Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2”) as Glen Babbit, a mentor to the younger scientists who helps navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos; Ashley Zukerman (“Rush”) as Charlie Abrams, a brilliant
wunderkind who uproots his wife and young twins to move from the East Coast to work on the Manhattan Project; Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”) as Abby Abrams, a privileged girl from the Boston suburbs who agrees to follow her husband Charlie to the middle of nowhere; Christopher Denham (“Argo,” “Shutter Island”) as Jim Meeks, one of the bright project members working under Frank Winter; Katja Herbers (“De Storm”) as Helen Price, one of the few female scientists assigned to the project; Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Crosley, an ambitious Oxford-educated member of Frank’s team; and Alexia Fast (“Jack Reacher”) as Frank and Liza’s 16-year-old daughter Callie Winter.

About The Film School at SFUAD

The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a relevant, hands-on BFA curriculum that emphasizes production skills, business savvy and storytelling across multiple film and video platforms. Films such as True Grit and Cowboys & Aliens and TV dramas such as Longmire have been shot at the university’s Garson Studios, where students have the opportunity to intern on professional productions on two motion picture soundstages—at 14,000 and 7,500 square feet. The Film School also has its own 2,200-square-foot soundstage and green screen, as well as a professional set from The Sunset Limited. The Screen, a popular destination within the Garson Communications Center, shows some of the greatest works of world cinema daily for students and the public.

About Garson Studios

With its two motion picture soundstages—at 14,000 and 7,500 square feet—Garson Studios has hosted the production of more than 30 feature films over the past 20 years. Films such as True Grit and Cowboys & Aliens and TV dramas such as Longmire have been shot at Garson Studios, where students from The Film School at SFUAD have the unique opportunity to intern on professional film productions alongside Hollywood professionals. Garson Studios also boasts the largest permanent green screen in the state of New Mexico. Films made at Garson have won five Oscars and been nominated for 18 others. For more information, visit

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