IFP to honor Bloomberg with Gotham nod


NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be honored with a tribute at the IFP’s 17th annual Gotham Awards.

The IFP cited Bloomberg’s support of the “Made in NY” tax and marketing incentive program for film and television productions. IFP noted that 65% of the projects participating in the program were independent productions, the focus of the group’s efforts.

The NYC Department of Small Business Services has collaborated with the IFP on a pilot program giving stipends to productions supporting on-the-job training for below-the-line production crew. The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting has also partnered frequently with IFP and its executive director, Michelle Byrd, on various ourtreach programs.

“The Bloomberg administration understands that independent production is the lifeblood of New York’s film community, and its connection to the next generation of film and digital media makers,” said IFP board of directors chairman Ira Deutchman.

Bloomberg is one of six honorees announced before the ceremony. The three others are actor Javier Bardem, director Mira Nair and IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring.

Gotham Award nominees in six competitive categories will be announced Oct. 22. The ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios on Nov. 27.