Some of the top brass in the Gotham film community are heading west next week with the mission to resell New York’s readiness to accept film projects.
The group, which will meet with the heads of TV and film production at the studios, includes Pat Kaufman, deputy commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development; Pat Scott, commission of the Mayor’s Office of Theater, Film and Broadcasting; George De Titta, president of Local 52 (Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees); and Tom O’Donnell Jr., prexy of the theatrical Teamsters union.
“We’re planning a major presentation,” said Kaufman. “We want to make sure everyone is aware of what the state is doing to assist companies that were impacted. We also want people to know that the entire city is by no means shut down. It’s really just a small section that is closed for shooting.”
‘Greatest backdrop in the world’
Kaufman emphasized, “New York City is still New York City; it’s still the greatest backdrop in the world.”
Scott said the group’s trip is an opportunity to make it clear to Hollywood that “we in New York are ready to work.” She added: “We’re also very interested in hearing from the studios what their plans are in the next three to six months.”
Including TV pilots, Gotham has played host in 2001 to the production of 20 television shows and 32 feature films.
The Scott Rudin-produced “Changing Lanes” recently completed reshoots in lower Manhattan.