N.Y. sets up film, TV prod'n training program

'Made in NY' program will learn basics, technical skills

NEW YORK -- New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, council speaker Christine Quinn, city film, commissioner Katherine Oliver and actor Anthony Anderson ("Law & Order") on Wednesday unveiled a pilot program to train women, minorities and struggling New Yorkers for jobs in film and TV production.

Participants in the "Made in NY" Production Crafts Training Program will learn production basics and technical skills, including rigging and operating a dolly. Placement services for mid-level production jobs are also part of the plan.

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations will administer the pilot program, which is set to begin in the spring. BWI and Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens, will serve as locations.

The announcement was made on the set of "Law & Order" at Silver Screen Studios at Chelsea Piers.