Pilots land in Gotham

New York City lands 10 shows

Thanks to an aggressive tax credit program, a record 10 pilots are shooting around Gotham during pilot season.

In the past week alone, the Long Island City facility said Monday, four shows finalized plans to shoot at Silvercup Studios: “Cashmere Mafia” (exec produced by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star), “Babylon Fields,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Gossip Girls.”

A notable pilot set to shoot at another Gotham site is FX’s untitled legal drama directed by “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” vet Allen Coulter and starring Glenn Close and Ted Danson.

“You have all these New York stories, and they can be shot in New York. It’s great for authenticity’s sake,” said Alan Suna, CEO of Silvercup and a lifelong Gothamite. “When you get to see the city of New York as an actor in these shows, you can’t get used to those fake backdrops” that have propped up L.A.-shot staples such as “NYPD Blue” or “Seinfeld.”

In a statement, Katherine Oliver, commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, called the pilot surge an “impressive increase.”

The “Made in New York” program began with a 10% credit from the state in August 2004 and was expanded in January 2005 to include a 5% credit from the city. For both credits, a production must complete at least 75% of its work in Gotham.

Silvercup, which opened in 1983, bills itself as the largest independent film and production facility in the Northeast. Its 400,000 square feet includes 19 studios, production offices and set, prop and wardrobe spaces.

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