Red­barre de­tails fa­cil­ity that may cre­ate 4,000 jobs

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Wen­zel John Wen­zel: 303-954-1642, jwen­zel@den­ver­post.com or @john­wen­zel

The town of Parker could be­come a na­tional des­ti­na­tion for film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, with more than 4,000 new full-time jobs up for grabs, if a project backed by Denver me­dia com­pany Red­barre be­comes a re­al­ity, com­pany of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

At an event in­side the Capi­tol build­ing, Gov. John Hick­en­looper, Parker Mayor Mike Waid and oth­ers joined Red­barre CEO Don Levy in tout­ing the pro­posed Red­barre Dig­i­tal Me­dia & Tech­nol­ogy Cam­pus.

The pri­vately-funded ven­ture would oc­cupy 1.9 mil­lion square feet of mixed-use space in the Com­park Vil­lage sub­di­vi­sion in Parker.

“Red­barre could also play a big role in help­ing the state grow into a more ma­ture film busi­ness,” Hick­en­looper said. “When you have more films made here you have a greater num­ber of sound tech­ni­cians, light­ing de­sign­ers (and) cre­ative per­son­nel at all lev­els, and your stan­dard of pro­duc­tion goes up in al­most ev­ery form.”

Hick­en­looper said the Red­barre fa­cil­ity could be a cat­a­lyst for ac­cel­er­at­ing the state’s eco­nomic growth.

Ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ings of the fa­cil­ity show a multi­build­ing cam­pus that would house re­tail, of­fice, ho­tel and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, in ad­di­tion to high-tech film and TV pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties — such as mul­ti­ple record­ing stu­dios and a 75,000-square-foot sound­stage.

The project could break ground as early as 2018 and be­gin op­er­at­ing in 2020, although site plans have not been of­fi­cially sub­mit­ted to Parker of­fi­cials.

“It’s any­body’s guess as to when we’d start to see a shovel in the ground,” said Matt Carlson, busi­ness re­cruit­ment man­ager for Parker.

Red­barre’s Levy said it was a “near-bil­lion-dol­lar project” and that it would in­clude more than $750 mil­lion of new in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment over the next five years. A ma­jor fi­nanc­ing group in the north­east­ern U.S. is putting to­gether “a tril­ogy of three ma­jor in­ter­na­tional names” to fund the project, Red­barre COO Phillip In­fe­lise told The Denver Post.

“In 10 days we’ll be signed, sealed and de­liv­ered and then we’ll do a pub­lic an­nounce­ment,” In­fe­lise said.

The jobs cre­ated by the Red­barre fa­cil­ity would in­clude hos­pi­tal­ity, pro­duc­tion, re­tail and tech­nol­ogy po­si­tions, Levy said.

The idea for the cam­pus was first floated to Colorado of­fi­cials in 2014, Red­barre and state of­fi­cials said.

How­ever, Colorado film­maker and en­tre­pre­neur Mau­rice Sparks al­leged that he gave Red­barre his con­cept for a high-tech, mul­ti­pur­pose me­dia cam­pus af­ter he worked with Levy and oth­ers in late 2015, ac­cord­ing to emails and other doc­u­ments pro­vided to The Denver Post.

“They stole my idea com­pletely and made it their own,” Sparks said, cit­ing a busi­ness plan un­der his N2GO In­ter­na­tional com­pany that called for a 100,000 square-foot sound­stage, re­tail, tourism and other fa­cil­i­ties.

Levy and other Red­barre ex­ec­u­tives said they had not re­ceived a cease-and­de­sist let­ter sent by Fair­field and Woods, P.C., at­tor­ney John Tan­ner, whom Sparks re­tained last week.

“He was knocked side­ways by (the an­nounce­ment of ) this project, which he learned about in The Denver Post,” Tan­ner said. “We’re still in­ves­ti­gat­ing and it’s my un­der­stand­ing that (Red­barre ar­chi­tec­tural part­ner) Oz also signed a non-cir­cum­vent agree­ment with N2GO, which is also why we sent them a cease­and-de­sist.”

A spokesman for Red­barre called the al­le­ga­tions “base­less.”

For his part, Colorado film com­mis­sioner Don­ald Zuck­er­man said his of­fice — which is part of the gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and In­ter­na­tional Trade — would not have a di­rect hand in de­vel­op­ing or main­tain­ing any Red­barre fa­cil­i­ties.

“Our role in this would be to try to con­vince the leg­is­la­ture that for some­thing like this to work we need more and more projects to come to Colorado, and for that we need in­cen­tives,” he said.

Pro­vided by Dove­tail Solutions

This ren­der­ing shows the pro­posed, 1.9 mil­lion-square-foot Red­barre Dig­i­tal Me­dia & Tech­nol­ogy cam­pus in Parker, which of­fi­cials say could bring more than 4,000 new jobs to the Front Range.

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