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Production spending up 13% in New York

NEW YORK — Direct expenditures on film, television and commercial production in New York State, in-cluding Gotham, rose 13% to $2.5 billion in 1996 from $2.3 billion in the previous year, Gov. George Pataki an-nounced Thursday.

The total number of films shot in the Empire State climbed by a like percentage to 258 from 229, according to the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development. Of the pics that lensed in New York state, 201 were filmed exclusively in the five boroughs of New York City, while 101 were shot outside of Gotham.

“It’s safe to say that New York is nipping at Hollywood’s heels as the place to make a movie, a television show or a commercial,” Pataki said. “New York has the best locations, the best services, the best tax benefits and the most talented and outstanding production community in the world.”

Total production days grew 7% to 23,164 from 21,634. Gotham accounted for 21,286 of these days, while the rest of the state generated 1,878 production days. While production outside the city is not as significant as the biz within the Big Apple, it is growing at a faster rate, state film commissioner Pat Swinney Kaufman noted.

The total economic impact of film, television and commercial production in the state increased 13% to $5.8 billion from $5.1 billion.

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