Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today highlighted 10 New York-produced primetime television shows that are premiering next week for the fall season on CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX. The television shows have spent approximately $596 million combined on production in New York State, and hire more than 34,000 crew and extras. These 10 series premieres represents a significant increase in New York-based shows on air, as there are now more series airing this year than in all of 2013, which was a record-breaking year.
The resurgence of this states film and television industry is a tremendous success for all New Yorkers, who benefit from the billions of dollars of investment and tens of thousands of jobs it creates, Governor Cuomo said. Next weeks premiere of an unprecedented number of television shows produced right here at home is a testament to the States commitment alongside the hard work of all who support the production efforts.
The following New York-based productions are premiering this fall (all times are EST):
Madam Secretary (9/21 at 8:30 p.m.)
The Good Wife (9/21 at 9:30 p.m.)
Person of Interest produced by Warner Bros. (9/23 at 10 p.m.)
Blue Bloods (9/26 at 10 p.m.)
The Blacklist produced by Universal Television (9/22 at 10 p.m.)
Mysteries of Laura produced by Warner Bros. (9/24 at 8 p.m.)
Law and Order: SVU produced by Universal Television (9/24 at 9 p.m.)
Manhattan Love Story (9/30 at 8:30 p.m.)
Forever produced by Warner Bros. (9/23 at 10 p.m.)
Gotham produced by Warner Bros. (9/22 at 9 p.m.)
CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said, Thanks to the continued support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Empire State remains a terrific place for CBS to do business. We are pleased to have four CBS-owned shows in production in New York this season including Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Elementary, and Madam Secretary. I applaud the Governor and the Legislature for all they have done to ensure New York remains an attractive place for CBS to produce programming that is enjoyed by viewers worldwide.
Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman and Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney said, We look at markets all over the world when we're deciding where to shoot a pilot or base a new show. Thanks to the New York State tax credits and the strong support of Governor Cuomo, for many of our productions the right answer continues to be New York.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said, NBC is proud of our nearly 40 years of continuous shooting in New York City dating back to 1975 with SNL and including more than two decades of Dick Wolfs Law & Order franchise, among other shows. New York offers every type of location that our productions could ever need and anchors shows like SVU and The Blacklist in a realism that is invaluable. With The Mysteries of Laura added this season and The Tonight Show, Late Night and SNL all calling New York home, we look forward to continuing our relationship with the state for years to come.
Todays announcement marks the latest film and television achievement for the State in 2014, including:
- The return of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Americas Got Talent to New York;
- The beginning of production in June for Marvels new series; and
- The record-breaking number of TV pilots filmed in just the first half of 2013.
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and America's Got Talent are expected to generate more than $150 million in spending and more than 1,000 jobs combined, while the Marvel series is expected to generate hundreds of millions in spending and more than 3,000 jobs over the course of production.
A total of 23 pilots were filmed in New York by June this year less than half the time than last year. Additionally, the 23 pilots filmed by June this year yielded an estimated $127 million in spending and 15,915 jobs and hires, compared to 23 pilots filmed with an estimated $117 million in spending and an estimated 13,150 jobs and hires in all of 2013.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, New York State is the premiere location for television and film production, offering diverse urban and rural landscapes while providing the talent and resources for the entertainment industry to grow and thrive. Under Governor Cuomos leadership, the Empire State production tax credit program continues to be a major attraction for television series as it allows for multi-year planning, creates jobs and boosts New Yorks economy.
IATSE Local 52 President John Ford said, The impact of the production tax credit is unquestionable. New York was once basically an occasional exterior location for theatrical features. Television production has exploded to become the overwhelming majority of our work. It has created thousands of new, good paying jobs for New York residents. Once again, I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for their support of our industry.
Teamsters Local 817 President Tommy O'Donnell said, Next week, TV viewers will witness what teamster drivers and casting directors have experienced in the past nine months: an explosion of television in New York. The shows that will be premiering have produced a sonic boom in employment of Teamster Local 817 members in particular, and New Yorkers in general. In my mind, this is a win for the viewing public and a win for the citizens of New York State.
The States film and television tax credit program was established in 2004. Since taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo has made the attraction of the film and television production and post-production industries, as well as the resulting jobs and economic impact, a key component of his administrations overall strategy for growing and strengthening New York States economy. The Governor has signed several important changes into law for the program, which is administered by Empire State Development, to make New York more competitive in this global marketplace, and these reforms have led to significant results, including the record-breaking year of 2013, as well as the estimated 546 projects filming or applying to the program in the past four years, billions of dollars in spending and tens of thousands of jobs for the State.
About the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, visit www.nylovesfilm.com.