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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 15:06

Production in New York State Rises

Written by  P3 Update Staff
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New York State is on the fast track to claim a record-breaking year in television and film production. Known as a location that can handle just about any entertainment shoot, New York has already seen 19 pilots and five TV series this season, while two additional pilots gear up to film in the state, making for a record number television shows in the course of one year. “New York is now the place to go for the film and television industry,” says Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “We have the resources, the talented workforce, and the venues to offer the industry unmatched opportunities. Our newly expanded and enhanced film and television program will only continue to spur tourism, attract more investments to New York, and create more jobs for New Yorkers.”

After hosting veteran shows like “Law & Order” and “30 Rock” and new hits like “The Good Wife,” “Girls” and “Person of Interest,” the Empire State knows what it takes to keep productions happy. “New York’s exceptional locations, production facilities and talent make it a great creative option for shooting pilots, and these incentives help make it a much more attractive business option as well,” says Anne Sweeney, the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. “That’s why we shot pilots for both ABC and ABC Family in the Empire State this year, and anticipate shooting more there in the future.”

Beginning in 2004, New York’s film and television tax credit program has been a key element in continually attracting film and TV projects to the state. And the program has experienced a rush in program applications since Governor Cuomo has taken office. It’s estimated that the 349 projects that have utilized or applied to the program during the Cuomo administration will result in over $5.5 billion in direct spending in New York. In addition, the recently expanded and enhanced program now provides new incentives to lure out-of-state talk shows and variety programs to the state. (In order to qualify, these programs must have filmed at least five seasons in another state.) There are also new incentives to boost production in upstate New York. “For HBO, New York has been a vital production center for many of our projects, such as ‘Girls’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire,’” says HBO CEO Richard Plepler. “The [incentives] coupled with the top-notch talent, premier stages and infrastructure will make New York a compelling place to work for years to come.”

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