Record year for N.Y. prod'n shoots
EmptyFilm and television production set a record in New York last year, with the city playing host to the highest number of television, commercial and music video shoots ever.
The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting reported that it assisted 34,718 shoot days on public property, a 10% increase compared with 2005, when the introduction of the "Made in NY" incentive program set a then-record 31,578 shoot days in the city.
"Just a few years ago, we were seeing films about New York being shot in other cities and countries," commission chief Katherine Oliver said. "Now, the 'Made in NY' program has created thousands of new jobs by bringing $2.4 billion in business to New York over the past two years."
Officials also said that the program had bolstered an industry that employs 100,000 New Yorkers and contributes $5 billion annually to the city's economy.
Among the 276 films shot in New York were "American Gangster," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe; "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; and "Music and Lyrics," starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.
The city's television productions include NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Black Donnellys" and ABC's "The Knights of Prosperity."