By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen The Manhattan Center Studios (MCS) and Manhattan Center Productions (MCP) in New York have merged under one entity...

By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

The Manhattan Center Studios (MCS) and Manhattan Center Productions (MCP) in New York have merged under one entity to be known as The Manhattan Center, a self-contained production facility. The complex houses two concert venues: the Hammerstein Ballroom and the Grand Ballroom.

This new organization, combining these two production entities, is led by CEO Russell Arnold. MCP’s former president, Peter Ross, will now act as general counsel for the organization.

“The merger of MCS and MCP creates a new production powerhouse,” Arnold said in a statement. “By integrating all of these assets, The Manhattan Center now offers a streamlined and complete production center for a broad range of entertainment and media, live events, television, music and post production.”

The Hammerstein was originally built as the Manhattan Opera House in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein I. It is also home to three television studios, a complete high-definition post-production facility, satellite broadcast capabilities, two world-class recording studios and an orchestral scoring stage.