You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gotham TV prod’n at record levels

More than 20 series have shot in NYC this season

On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record.

“The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand in 2012, bringing even more jobs for New Yorkers,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver.

“Gossip Girl” is one of the 23 series that have been filmed in New York City during the 2011-12 TV season — a major uptick from the mere nine that shot in Gotham in 2002. The series spent $200 million on development locally and employed some 6,300 people, according to stats from the Mayor’s Office.

Mayor Bloomberg has been omnipresent on New York City’s production scene for years. Tubthumping the city’s virtues ruffles some feathers in Albany (there’s some private grumbling that Bloomberg gives a 5% tax break on top of the state’s 30% and takes 100% of the credit), but his efforts on behalf of film and TV shoots have brought attention to local businesses in an economy hammered by the decline of charitable giving on Wall Street after the housing crisis.

The state’s work on tax credit issues has been important, as well. In 2010, the Empire State’s legislature voted to fully fund the credit for a period of four years, giving series producers some breathing room after a backlog of applications and a few intransigent politicians drove shows like “Fringe” out of the city in 2009.

More TV

  • Lena Waithe Halle Berry

    Lena Waithe Wants 'Boomerang' Adaptation 'to Change the Face of BET'

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

  • THE CONNERS - "Keep on TruckinÕ"

    How 'The Conners' Wrote Off Roseanne (SPOILERS)

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

  • Diablo Cody and Liz Astrof Alice

    'Alice' Reboot From Diablo Cody, Liz Astrof Gets Put Pilot Order at Fox

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

  • Bruce Dern

    TV Roundup: Showtime Comedy 'Black Monday' Adds Melissa Rauch, Bruce Dern

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

  • Viacom, Nickelodeon, iQIYI Team on Animation

    Viacom, Nickelodeon, iQIYI Team on Chinese Animation Development Project

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

  • Programme Name: The Cry - TX:

    DRG Announces Additional Pre-Sales on Jenna Coleman-led ‘The Cry’

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

  • Dennis Hof

    Dennis Hof, Brothel Owner Featured in HBO's 'Cathouse,' Dies at 72

    On the set of “Gossip Girl” at Silvercup Studios in Long Island, Gotham mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that 2011 was New York City’s busiest year for television production on record. “The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content