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A key part of Mike Bloomberg’s strategy to diversify New York City’s economy and make it less dependent on Wall Street was to expand the film and TV industry. For the 2012-2013 season, after major studio expansions, a record 23 primetime episodic shows were filmed in the City, and in 2012, the growing industry employed 130,000 New Yorkers.

Record of primetime shows filmed in NYC
A record 27 primetime episodic shows were filmed in NYC for the 2012-2013 season.
Film and TV industry employs 130,000 New Yorkers
In 2012, the film and TV industry employed 130,000 New Yorkers.
First back lot for film production in NYC
The expansion of Kaufman Astoria Studios in 2012 was the first back lot for film production in NYC; Steiner Studios is also expanding. 

Progress: Film & TV

RECORD PRODUCTIONS

Record Production: A record 27 primetime episodic shows were filmed in NYC for the 2012-2013 season; over 260 films were shot in New York in 2012.

Record Number of Jobs in the Film and Television Industry: The number of New Yorkers employed in the TV and film industry grew from 100,000 in 2004 to 130,000 in 2012.

"MADE IN NY"

"Made in NY": The Bloomberg administration developed a program to recognize film and television productions that complete 75% of their work in New York City. “Made in NY” productions had access to free advertising on subways, Taxi TV, and in bus shelters.

Diversity: The “Made in NY” Local 817 Scholarship Fund at CUNY’s NYC College of Technology was created to fund the junior and senior years of a select group of students each year. In addition, more than 300 minority “Made in NY” production assistants were certified through 2013.

Discount Card: The “Made in NY” discount card was issued to productions shooting in NYC and was designed to make business-to-business connections between the City’s 4,000 ancillary businesses and film and TV professionals. 

"Made in NY" Digital Media Center: The City opened an incubator and educational space for established and emerging digital media companies.

ATTRACTING PRODUCTION

Online Film Permits: NYC was the first city to issue online film permits. 

Tax Credit: NYC became the first city to create a tax credit to attract new production.

Anti-Piracy: Tougher piracy penalties and a public awareness campaign helped to combat film piracy.

First Back lot in NYC: The Bloomberg administration supported the expansion of Kaufman Astoria Studios to create the first open back lot for film production in NYC, and the expansion of Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.