Cast members have come and gone, but after 16 seasons, the star of “Law & Order” remains the same: New York City. Exec producer Peter Jankowski credits commissioner Katherine Oliver and the MOFTB with making it possible to film the Gotham-based show entirely on location.
“We don’t shoot on the weekends,” explains locations manager Moe Bardach, “so we are dependent on the Mayor’s Office … to help coordinate with traffic, crowd control and police assistance.”
No matter how complex the idea, the MOFTB “rarely gives a flat-out no,” says John Roman, producer of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Office has come through even with seemingly outrageous requests, such as coordinating a daytime chase scene in Times Square or setting fire to a church on 155th Street.
In both cases, the Mayor’s Office helped production “dance around traffic,’ even allowing the MTA bus to continue its normal route during the church scene.