New York Mayor Touts Record 23 Primetime TV Shows Filming in Big Apple

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Michael Bloomberg held his daily press briefing Monday from the set of ABC fall season show "Pan Am" at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday once again emphasized the importance of entertainment productions to New York City, highlighting a record 23 primetime TV shows filming in the city's five boroughs now.

Giving his daily press briefing from the set of ABC fall season show Pan Am at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, Bloomberg said the entertainment industry supports 4,000 local businesses and contributes $5 billion to the local economy. Out of the 23 primetime projects filming now, at least eight are shows picked up out of this year's 20 pilots shot in the Big Apple, including CBS show A Gifted Man and NBC's Smash. The mayor highlighted that the city is also the home to 140 news programs, talk shows and reality series, while 200 films were shot here last year.

"During a time of financial distress, more TV shows are shooting in our city than ever before," Bloomberg said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. "These shows are providing a great boost to our local economy and creating jobs at a time when we really need them.  In fact, new growth in our production and entertainment industries is one of the reasons we’re creating jobs at a faster clip than the rest of the nation."

Citing federal and state labor statistics, the mayor said that since the recession began, "the U.S. has lost 5.6 percent of its private sector jobs. New York City, on the other hand, has lost only 0.3 percent." 

Bloomberg and Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, were joined by executive director of the State Office for Motion Picture & Television Development Pat Kaufman, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, other politicians, Steiner Studios chairman Douglas Steiner and Pan Am executive producers Nancy Hult Ganis and Thomas Schlamme, as well as show crew members.

“Thousands of New Yorkers are hard at work building sets, making costumes and scouting locations for the record 23 new and returning TV shows that film here,” said Bloomberg, according to a statement. “A show like Pan Am employs 400 people behind the scenes and generates activity for our local economy at places like lumberyards, fabric stores and coffee shops. We’re working to strengthen and diversify New York City’s economy and create jobs and our thriving entertainment industry is a prime example of those efforts paying off.”

This year, New York City-based shows earned a record 110 Primetime Emmy nominations, he also highlighted.

“This fall, our televisions screens will once again be filled with a host of shows that are made right here in the Big Apple,” said Oliver. "We wish all the new and returning shows all the best during this upcoming season and at the Primetime Emmys."

Steiner thanked the Bloomberg administration for its support of the entertainment industry. “This onslaught of film and television production here is a direct result of the mayor and other elected officials working together to make New York City competitive and hassle-free,” he said.

Steiner Studios, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is in the midst of an expansion that will "double what is already the largest soundstage and production facility on the East Coast," Bloomberg said. "The Navy Yard has added 2,200 jobs since 2001, and thanks to the Steiner expansion and other developments, it will add over 2,000 more in the next two years."


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