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Chicago’s First Purpose-Built Studio Project Adds New Partner

Knickpoint Ventures announced Shawn Papazian as its newest partner to oversee all studio-related endeavors, including The Fields Studios, Chicago’s first purpose-built film studio ready for filming in early 2024.

The Fields Studio will result from the redevelopment of the former Marshall Fields warehouse property on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The project comprises nine sound stages on two lots totaling 132,000 square feet of sound stages and more than 350,000 square feet of creative and production offices. 

Papazian has been involved with the design, development, operations and management of motion picture and television studio facilities for more than 25 years. Papazian is an accomplished Emmy-nominated producer who has had a multi-picture producing deal with Warner Bros. and Raw Feed.

“Shawn’s vast credentials overseeing studio spaces along with his experience as producer make him a uniquely qualified and ideal partner for Knickpoint Ventures,” said Zain Koita, Founder and Managing Partner of Knickpoint Ventures.


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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.

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