Somerset Patriots hosted the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission and Somerset County Film Commission in the June 10 game

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originally published: 06/13/2022

(BRIDGEWATER, NJ) — The Somerset Patriotsthe Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, hosted members of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission and the newly created Somerset County Film Commission at TD Bank Ballpark for the team’s home game on Friday, June 10.

The event was designed to encourage filming in Somerset County and showcase the ballpark and surrounding area as potential options for future entertainment projects.

“We created the Somerset County Film Commission to grow the industry locally,” said Somerset County Commissioner’s Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “We have incredible talent and resources for the film industry in Somerset County, including wonderful filming locations like the home ground of today’s great hosts, the Somerset Patriots.”

Patriots co-chairman Jonathan Kalafer, who serves on the Somerset County Film Commission, hosted both organizations at the ballpark for the game against the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Guardians).

Among the guests in attendance was Steve Gorelick, the executive director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, who threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game.

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“The New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission had a memorable evening with the Somerset County Film Commission at the beautiful TD Bank Ballpark,” Gorelick said after the game. “It was a wonderful evening watching the baseball and talking about bringing more film and television productions to Somerset County, which has an abundance of amazing locations. In fact, the ballpark is one of them. Our sincere thanks go to the SCFC, and especially to our very gracious host of the evening, Jonathan Kalafer. We had a great time and you can count me as a lifetime Patriots fan!

The commissioners were recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremonies where they enjoyed a clip of beloved New Jersey actor/producer/director/writer Danny Devito on the scoreboard on the New Jersey connection. Jersey to the film industry.

The rally included a tour of TD Bank Ballpark, one of Somerset County’s tourism gems that brought the Yankees to central New Jersey.

The Garden State has a long history in the motion picture industry dating back to 1888 with Thomas Edison’s invention of the first film camera and projector. Edison opened the first movie production studio in West Orange and the state became the epicenter of the silent film industry with the opening of the Champion Film Company in Fort Lee in 1909.

“Our state has such a rich connection in creating two of the most beloved entertainment and sports industries in the world – film and baseball,” Patriots co-chairman Jonathan Kalafer said. “Remarkable people in New Jersey had the passion, the inventiveness and a true entrepreneurial spirit to help foster the growth of these multi-billion dollar-a-year businesses that delight so many around the world. It was a special night where everyone came together to showcase our beautiful ballpark and our community.


The Somerset Patriots are the Double-A affiliates of the New York Yankees and develop today’s best minor league talent into tomorrow’s pinstripe superstars for MLB’s winningest team. The Patriots participate in the Double-A Northeast League and play their home games at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, where fans of all ages and levels of baseball fandom can enjoy the unique experience that is Patriots baseball. minor leagues.


Voted one of the world’s most outstanding film commissions by the International Location Managers Guild, the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission brings over 45 years of experience in developing this exciting and lucrative industry.

Having worked with productions such as Steve Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film West Side Storyto Halle Berry’s first film Bruisedthe NJMPTVC is adept at bringing big-budget Hollywood productions to New Jersey municipalities.


Somerset County has a rich cinematic history dating back to 1915 when Mary Pickford, a Hollywood legend and co-founder of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences, filmed Lady Butterfly in Bernardville and Poor little Peppina in Peapack in 1916. Over the years the area has been featured in films such as IQ, North, The Stepford Wives, Winter Passageand The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. More recently Somerset County has hosted Hollywood stars such as Julianne Moore on Apply TV+. Lisey’s story (2020) and Naomi Watts in upcoming thriller Good night mom.

The mission of Somerset County Film Commission is to inspire and facilitate film, television and digital production across the county to create positive economic impact through production-related jobs and the many ancillary businesses that benefit from increased production in the county of Somerset. The Somerset County Film Commission serves as a resource for film, television and digital productions looking to shoot on location a short distance from New York City and benefit from New Jersey’s robust tax credit program.

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