Eldersburg studio plans creative entertainment in Carroll

Tina Waganer refers to her husband as a "creative alchemist" at Cre-a-tv Studios. With a recently outfitted 40,000-square-foot production facility in Eldersburg, Rich Waganer said he doesn't expect to have a problem coming up with innovative ways to use the space.

"I have a million ideas," he said. "Now, it's just a matter of how to make them work."

Cre-a-tv Studios, pronounced "creative," formally unveiled its new Eldersburg production space this past Saturday. The space has few restrictions on what it could be used for.

Described as a one-of-a-kind place in Carroll County, the studio is expected to host live events such as concerts, gaming competitions, game shows, networking events, galas, and indoor sports in its main studio, which has a seating capacity of 500.

Located on Londontowne Boulevard in Eldersburg, the studio is in a former warehouse behind the Home Depot.

Cre-a-tv Studios was founded by the Waganers in 2012 when they combined their own businesses, Waganer Digital Video and Tina and Friends.

Waganer said he envisions the main studio in the building similar to a movie theater, offering interactive entertainment for guests.

Some early ideas for entertainment include paintball matches or mini-monster truck races, he said.

Waganer added that the events to be hosted at Cre-a-tv could also be filmed for reproduction.

A smaller studio, equipped with a green screen, is expected to be used on a regular basis for movie or television stunts and Waganer hasn't ruled out using both studios to film a sitcom.

"There's no reason not to do a sitcom," he said.

Commissioner Doug Howard, who attended the open house, said he was excited about the unique experiences the studio will offer Carroll County.

"I think it's going to have real appeal for the community," Howard said. "There's so much versatility."

The Waganers have owned studios in Owings Mills, Reisterstown and Westminster, but never has one been so large or that offered such opportunity.

Previously, the company owned small studios and edit suites.

"Nothing like this," Tina Waganer said referring to their previous studios. "That's why we're so excited."

Within the next weeks, the Waganers hope to begin hosting a coffee house for local bands on Thursday nights and they are in the process of planning a video gaming weekend starting on Black Friday.

Waganer said there are four full-time staff members at Cre-a-tv, and "many freelancers."

The Waganers' two children, Carlie and Nick, are also involved in the company. Nick is a technical director, while Carlie helps out with photography and brainstorming.

While the Waganers have their own ideas on how to use the studio, they're asking the public to imagine what can be done and what the studio should be used for.

"We live right here in Carroll County and we want to give back to Carroll County," she said.

For more information on Cre-a-tv Studios, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cre.a.tv.inc.


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