New Jersey

The state where filmmaking began.
About Sanj
SANJ

About Sanj

The Screen Alliance of New Jersey (SANJ) is committed to securing long-term success for NJ’s film industry. Focusing on the predictable, transparent, and sustainable NJ Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program, SANJ aims for a prosperous future. With an unwavering commitment to our industry, communities, and the people of NJ, SANJ strives for lasting job creation and attractive incentives in the film and entertainment sector.

Advocacy

Acting as a unified voice for New Jersey’s film and entertainment industry, we are dedicated to creating an attractive landscape for productions to create new and ongoing opportunities not only for those within our industry, but those within our local communities.

Representation

With members ranging from film studios to labor unions, we are a body representative of all those working in New Jersey’s film and entertainment industry at every level, from every background.

Opportunity

Want to play a role in shaping the future of filmmaking in New Jersey? Join us in long term strategic planning, economic growth initiatives, and an open dialogue with legislators and key decision makers by becoming a SANJ member today.

Our Team

Gannon Murphy

President

General Manager, Cinelease Studios

Gannon Murphy, an Atlanta native, began his career in entertainment in 1996 and joined Cinelease in 2016.  The Cinelease Studios brand and team have become his main focus with the intention of expanding…

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…the services offered to its clients and further integrating it with Herc Entertainment Services and Cinelease Lighting & Grip. Gannon sits on the Executive Board of trade associations in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey that promote, clarify, and educate on film/television tax incentives.  He is currently the Board Chair of the Georgia Screen Economic Coalition and Board President of the Screen Alliance of New Jersey. Gannon is part of the Leadership Team for the Safety for Sarah Film Foundation to enable funding for students that integrate industry safety practices as part of the filmmaking process. Gannon is an advocate for Alzheimer’s Disease awareness and sits on the Executive Leadership Team of the Atlanta Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and is an active fundraiser for the annual Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

William Gruccio

Executive Director

Founder, Renati Solutions

William Gruccio is the founder and President of Renati Solutions, a leading public relations firm based in southern New Jersey. Renati specializes in business development, community, and media relations for companies…

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…nationwide across varying industries, including utilities, trade associations, nonprofits, healthcare, energy companies, and affordable housing development. William is deeply committed to the progress of South Jersey and its surrounding communities. He currently leverages his expertise in advancing economic development as a board member of the Inspira Foundation of Cumberland and Salem Counties, the Southern New Jersey Development Council, the Italian Cultural Foundation of South Jersey, the First Harvest Federal Credit Union, the CEO Group, and as a member of the Urban Enterprise Zone Authority for the State of New Jersey.

His extensive involvement in community-driven initiatives began in earlier roles as a Governors appointed Trustee of Cumberland County College and board member on the Vineland Zoning Board of Adjustment. William brings his valuable, unwavering dedication to public service and business acumen to the Screen Alliance of New Jersey.

Jamie Payne

Treasurer

Owner/Operator, Palisade Stages

Jamie Payne, owner of Palisade Stages, has a career in entertainment spanning more than two decades. Starting out in a post-production house in the UK, Jamie moved to the United States…

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…in 2013 where he shifted from a career as a colorist for TV shows and films into the emerging market of High Definition Dailies. As the industry transitioned more and more into the digital space, Jamie became a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) before entering the world of production by way of Local 817. He soon seized the opportunities presented by the New Jersey Film Tax Credit and founded Palisade Stages. In addition to operating Palisade Stages, Jamie now acts as an advocate for New Jersey’s film and entertainment industry.

Jessa Grazioplene

Secretary

Director of Studio Client Relations, Cinelease Studios

Jessa started her path in studio management in 2010 overseeing a 30 Acre, state-of-the-art, purpose-built production campus where she built and developed the Studio Operations department until 2019.

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Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Atlanta, GA to establish a new division of client facing studio management.

Her passion for problem solving, logistics and her ability to analyze situations with an open-minded approach has helped her craft creative and innovative solutions that best support production clientele. With her dependability, honesty, dedication and enthusiasm, she proudly promotes perfecting client experience.

Ryan Creighton

Board Member

ProSolutions Sales Manager,
Herc Rentals

Ryan Creighton is a business executive with over a decade of successful experience in management and sales who specializes in business development and customer relations.

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Currently working at Herc Rentals, Ryan leads a sales team of 23 people in the Northeast & North-central regions of the United States, focusing on temporary power & HVAC solutions. A New Jersey native, Ryan was born in the state capital, Trenton, NJ and earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Rider University. When not working or studying subjects related to work off-hours, Ryan enjoys spending his time outdoors with his two rottweilers, and vacationing to Lake George.

Joseph Dabbah

Board Member

Founder, Alpco Ventures

Joseph Dabbah is the founder of Alpco Ventures, a Real Estate Development and Sponsor Equity Partner focused on social impact investment. Alpco is the principle and manager of several…

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…urban infill projects across varied asset classes including light industrial, hospitality, office & retail, along with Newark Film Studios, a historical landmarked location and postproduction facility in downtown Newark, NJ. Alpco Ventures is also one of the founding partners of Regal Miles Studios in Chicago IL.

Nick Day

Board Member

Co-CEO, Edge Auto, Inc.

Matthew Giordano

Board Member

Studio Development, Criterion Group

Matthew Giordano has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage throughout the NY / NJ region.  He started in studio development 3 years ago with Criterion…

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…becoming involved in the completion of their operating facility at 21 Caven Point, Jersey City and currently working on 3 other studio projects that are in development.

Keith Gordon

Board Member

VP of Operations Emerald Green Trailers

Michael Jean

Board Member

Director of State and Local Government Affairs NBCUniversal

Angelo J. Genova, Esq.

Co-General Counsel

Chairman & Managing Partner,
Genova Burns

Angelo J. Genova, Esq., Co-Founding Partner, and Chairman of Genova Burns LLC is a multi-faceted law professional with extensive experience in complex business and employment litigation…

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…appellate advocacy, labor and employment law, government contracts, procurement, campaign finance, and political and election law. As a renowned trial lawyer, Mr. Genova appears regularly in front of courts of all types at the New Jersey, regional and federal levels, including numerous appearances before the New Jersey Supreme Court. For decades, he has provided precedent-setting legal representation that has reached all levels of the state and federal legal landscape.

Emily Montagna

Co-General Counsel

Partner, Genova Burns

Nick Maniatis

Board Member

Government Affairs, Netflix

Thomas O’Donnell

Board Member

President, Teamsters Local 817

Our Partners

Featured

New Jersey Productions

A Murder At The End Of The World
Wild ‘N’ Out S17
Bros
The Best Man
Army Of The Dead
Miranda’s Victim
Walking Dead “Dead City”
Knock At The Cabin
So Fly Christmas

Sanj

Industry News

April 3, 2024

Why Film Industry Advocates Say Trickle-Down Economics Spurred by Tax Credit is Luring Productions to N.J.

Advocates of New Jersey’s film scene — and the state incentive program that’s been cardinal to its post-pandemic growth — report of coffee shops being greeted with 100-beverage-long orders by film crews.

July 24, 2023

Open Spaces: New Jersey’s Film and TV Production Industry Needs Real Estate — of Very Specific Kinds

Steven Gorelick, one of the most prominent voices in promoting the state’s film industry, sometimes finds himself in the unlikely environs of realty association meetings.

January 24, 2023

Film Production in New Jersey Once Again Smashes Record

Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission announced today that overall in-state production spending from filmmaking exceeded $650 million…

December 21, 2022

Lionsgate Expands New Jersey Production Ties

New Jersey has given Lionsgate a “Studio Partner” designation as the state expands its tax credit program to draw more high-profile film and TV projects to shoot locally…

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