New York State Nabs Record Eight New Fall TV Series

Pat Swinney Kaufman, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development, lauds production tax incentives as a key reason.

NEW YORK - The New York Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development said Tuesday that a record eight new TV series are scheduled to film in New York State in the 2011-2012 season.

The new broadcast and cable shows are Smash (NBC), Pan Am (ABC), Rookies (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), A Gifted Man (CBS), I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV) and Girls (HBO).

The office didn't detail what the state's previous record for the number of new TV projects for a season was.

New York State’s multi-year production incentives, which were put into place last year, helped lure the series, which are expected to create more than 4,700 industry-related jobs, to the Empire State, officials said though.

In previous years, New York sometimes lost film and TV projects to neighboring states that launched their own tax credits.

“Last year we announced the extension and expansion of the New York State Film Production Credit program, which ensured a continued commitment to an industry with a proven record of accomplishment in creating jobs and generating tax revenue for New York,” said Pat Swinney Kaufman, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development. “As a result, we are bringing in more productions, creating more jobs and showcasing our state as a premier destination for filming.”

The 30 percent production tax credit has attracted 70 projects since January, which are expected to spend over $1 billion, her office said.  

The tax credit allocation of $420 million per year through 2014 will result in the creation of thousands of jobs and generate $10.5 billion in direct spending in New York State, it added.

Silvercup Studios is home to four of New York’s new TV shows - A Gifted Man, Unforgettable, Person of Interest and Girls.
“As more and more television production is done in New York, the state makes more and more money," said president Stuart Match Suna.

Tax incentives and location are "the best marketing tools we have as an industry,” said president of Kaufman Astoria Studios Hal Rosenbluth. “We have seen a record number of productions come to New York, creating more jobs, expanding facilities and equipment and ultimately generating revenue for New York."

The studio is home to Men in Black 3, Nurse Jackie, Sesame Street and also got work on the pilot for new fall season show Pan Am

Echoed Steiner Studios chairman Douglas Steiner:  “This is simply a great business for New Yorkers, and it’s ours to lose. What’s not to like?” 

Steiner Studios has had such current or recent productions as Damages and Boardwalk Empire and The Adjustment Bureau.


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