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Gotham bows TV/pic group

Holloway, Suna, Lawler, Di Titta grace board

Gotham’s guilds, government officials and vendors are banding together to create a new umbrella organization for the state’s film and TV production business.

The New York Prod. Alliance will be unveiled at a press conference this morning at the offices of the Assn. for a Better New York (ABNY).

Gotham has been without a trade group encompassing all elements of the production community since the Pro-N.Y. initiative fell apart two years ago.

The chairperson of the newly minted production alliance is Iris Film principal Morty Dubin. Three years ago, Dubin organized industryites to support state legislation eliminating the city’s 4% sales tax on materials and services used in TV and film production.

Pat Kaufman, deputy commissioner of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & TV Development, is acting as adviser to the new group.

Among the board members of the trade group are ABNY director Mary Holloway, Silvercup Studios chief exec Alan Suna, New York Women in Film & Television exec director Terry Lawler and IATSE Local 52 prexy George Di Titta.