Ohio-Based Fallback Studios Preps For 2025 Grand Opening; 15-Acre Campus Will Be First Of Its Kind Built Within 400-Mile Radius

EXCLUSIVE: Fallback Studios, a new vertically integrated film production studio, will be opening in Dublin, Ohio in Q2 2025, marking a new era for the Midwest film industry, Deadline has learned.

Located on a 15-acre campus, the $40 million project currently under construction encompasses 250,000 square feet of cutting-edge production space. Included at Fallback Studios are five sound stages, two podcast rooms, an advanced 4K theater, post-production suites, production offices, bungalows, lighting & grip service, an LED volume allowing for virtual production, and more.

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The first Hollywood-style built studio within a 400-mile radius, Fallback’s message to the creative community is clear: “Don’t leave, and if you have, come back.”

The construction phase alone will have a $39 million economic impact, generating $14.4 million in earnings and creating 250 jobs. Once operational, the studio will contribute an additional $11 million in economic impact, with $4.6 million in earnings and 72 jobs. Film production at Fallback Studios is expected to have a $3 million economic impact per $10 million film, generating $3.3 million in earnings and creating 101 jobs. All job figures include both direct and indirect employment.

Stated Fallback Studios CEO Kevin Kale, “We are incredibly excited to announce the opening of Fallback Studios in 2025, a facility designed to set a new standard in the film industry. Our highly developed production capabilities will position us as a premier destination for filmmakers seeking excellence, as well as welcoming Ohio’s talent to come or stay home, create and build the industry in our great state. This studio is not just a facility but a community where creativity and innovation can flourish. Fallback Studios will be the heartbeat of Midwest filmmaking, driving economic growth and inspiring future generations of filmmakers.”

Added Sundance and Independent Spirit alum producer and Fallback advisory board member Julianna Medina Politsky, “The launch of Fallback Studios is not just a win for us, it’s a milestone for the entire state of Ohio. As a native Ohioan, I am deeply passionate about enriching our local culture and economy through the arts. I’m eager to see Fallback Studios showcase the incredible potential of our region.”

To strengthen its position in the region, Fallback has additionally struck a partnership with Film Columbus, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Columbus, just outside of Dublin, as a filmmaking destination. With Fallback Studios’ advanced production capabilities and Film Columbus’ extensive network and resources, the teams are committed to transforming Columbus and Ohio into a premier destination for film production and showcase the state’s potential on the global stage.

Said John Daugherty, Film Commissioner at Film Columbus, “Fallback Studios will serve as a hub for community engagement, hosting events, screenings and more to inspire and involve the Central Ohio community in the filmmaking process. The establishment of this studio marks a pivotal step towards diversifying the Columbus region’s economy. This is a direct result of the Film Commission’s ongoing efforts to grow the filmmaking economy and workforce.”

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