Networking in the City

Orgs providing resource info for pros and would-be players

African American Women in Cinema Org. Inc.

Provides and creates opportunities for minority women filmmakers. Sponsors industry workshops, discussions and annual film festival.

Terra Renee, founder/president

(212) 769.7949

American Assn. of Film, Radio & Television Artists(AFTRA)

Represents professional performers and broadcasters in television, radio, sound recordings, nonbroadcast/industrial programming, and new technologies such as interactive programming and CD-ROMs.

Greg Hessinger, national executive director

(212) 532-0800

Assn. of Independent Creative Editors (AICE)

Professional association dedicated to the interests of the television commercial editing industry.

John Held, executive director

(212) 972-3556

Entertainment resource for black and minority film community. Works as a marketing and micro-exhibition outlet pushing the work of urban filmmakers. Holds monthly screening series.

Vallery Moore, founder/exec producer

(212) 941.3823

Directors Guild of America (DGA)

Represents more than 12,000 members working in theatrical, industrial, educational and documentary films, videos and commercials. Also runs a directors training program:

(212) 397-0930, (212) 581.0370

Gotham Writer’s Workshop

Offers short- and longer-term classes including screen writing and TV sitcom writing.

Dana Miller, director of student affairs

(212) WRITERS (974-8377)

Independent Feature Project (IFP)

Largest association of independent filmmaking professionals in the United States. Runs screenings, workshops, seminars and annual IFP Market.

Michelle Byrd, exec director

(212) 465-8200

Long Island Film & TV Foundation

Promotes filming on Long Island, assists local filmmakers. Runs Long Island Intl. Film Expo.

Robert Hansen, president

(631) 421-0855

Production job search portal.

Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (Ex Officio)

Liaises between productions and the city, promotes film and TV industry in NYC.

Patricia Reed Scott, commissioner

(212) 489-6710

Museum of TV & Radio

Museum with vast holdings of radio and TV archives. Also, sponsors periodic seminars featuring actors, directors, writers, etc., discussing their work.

(212) 621-6600

Nassau County Film Commission

Promotes filming in Nassau County, Long Island.

Debra Markowitz, director

(516) 571-3168

NATAS — N.Y. chapter

New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), which administers Day Time, News and Sports Emmys.

William Hanauer, exec director

(212) 765-2450

New York City Police — Movie and TV Unit

Liaises between filming and Police Dept. Helps with traffic enforcement.

Lt. John Batista

(212) 791-2083

New York Production Guide

NYPG-Online represents a database of all the information in NYPG, plus related URL/Web and email addresses, and additional phone and fax information not listed in NYPG.

Richard Babchak, CEO

(212) 243-0404

New York state Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and TV Development (Ex Officio)

Encourages film and TV production in New York state.

Pat Swinney Kaufman, director

(212) 803-2330

NY 411

N.Y. production directory

Ann Boyd, New York editor

(323) 965-2020

N.Y. Production Alliance of Film & Video Arts

Nonprofit organization to promote film and video production in New York represented by all segments of the production industry including: feature films; broadcast, cable and corporate television; and commercials.

Morty Dubin, chair person

(212) 949-8711

N.Y. Women in Film & TV

Nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels in moving-image media industries, and to promoting equity for women in these industries.

Terry Lahler, exec director


NYC Comptroller’s Office

Releases public financial management and audit reports. Supports and encourages film production in New York City.

Alan Hevesi, city comptroller

(212) 669-3747

NYC Economic Development Corp. (Ex Officio)

Helps businesses become more competitive, productive and profitable in New York with financial incentives.

Michael Carey, president

(212) 312-3600

Rockland County Tourism office

Helps with filming in Rockland County in upstate New York.

(845) 353-5533

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

Trade union for actors.

John Sucke, N.Y. branch exec


(212) 944-1030

Suffolk County Motion Picture & TV office

Promotes filming in Suffolk County.

Christopher Cooke

(516) 853-4800

Resource/lifestyle directory and online community of New York film & television production.

Jennifer Freed, founder

(212) 541-7678

Westchester County Film Office (Ex Officio)

Promotes filming in Westchester County.

Iris Stevens, director

(914) 995-2917

Writers Guild/East

Represents screenwriters, TV dramatic writers, episodic series writers, daytime serial writers, and TV and radio documentary and public affairs writers.

Herb Sargeant, president

(212) 767-7800

Source: New York Production Alliance

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