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While people from all over the world travel to New York to check out the latest Tony Award winning experience on Broadway, there's another sector of entertainment that is attracting talent: TV and Film.
Last fall, the City of New York announced that the Big Apple filmed entertainment industry now contributes $8.7 billion to the local economy, an increase of more than 1.5 billion, or 21 percent, since 2011
According to the Boston Consulting Group, full-time jobs in entertainment have grown 10 percent, from 94,000 to 104,000 over the last four years. The West is not the only game in town. New York is now a destination to find one-stop-shops in terms of production: from conception to filming and up to the release. This allows job seekers and those currently employed in entertainment the opportunity to solidify sustainable careers in the Big Apple.
The filming side of production continues to flourish in New York City. In 2015, 256 films were shot including the blockbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and Money Monster. In 2016-2017, the following films are being shot in New York
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Bella Thorne, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman)
Rock that Body (Kate McKinnon, Scarlet Johannson)
You Were Never Really Here (Joaquin Phoenix)
On the silver screen, there's a proliferation of content everywhere, and New York is capitalizing on the chance to be at the forefront of these new opportunities. To give you an idea, in 2004, only three network broadcast scripted shows were shot in New York. About a decade later, New York is home to dozens of original series commissioned by networks. In the 2014-2015 season, there were 46 series produced in New York City according to the city's film commission. This is a jump from 29 series the previous season, which makes this the largest increase of series produced in New York City from one season to another in the city's history. With a solid increase in production forecasted to continue for the next five years, this means that New York is somewhere people in entertainment can find long term employment.
Some of the series you might recognize shot in New York: Blue Bloods, Elementary, Limitless, Madam Secretary, and The Good Wife.Here's the full list:
- The Affair
- The Americans
- The Blacklist
- Blue Bloods
- Brain Dead
- The Breaks
- Broad City
- Codes of Conduct (Pilot)
- The Detour
- The Deuce
- Difficult People
- Falling Water
- Feed the Beast
- Friends From College
- The Get Down
- Inside Amy Schumer
- The Jim Gaffigan Show
- The Knick
- Madam Secretary
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Master of None
- Mozart in the Jungle
- Mr. Robot
- The OA
- Orange is the New Black
- The Path
- Royal Pains
- Search Party
- Shades of Blue
- Sneaky Pete
- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
- Time After Time
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Z: The Beginning of Everything
New York is no stranger to unscripted TV either. Live morning, nightly and late night shows are hallmarks of the city. Live shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon-attract a yearly audience of 575,000 and generate $45 million in tourist revenue for the city, according to the city's official web site.
And now that reality programming is such a part of reality, New York is just as big as any other player in that game. There are always a gaggle of housewives in need of some airtime and New York is home to two produced by Bravo: The Real Housewives of New York and the The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Bravo's Secrets and Wives, Princesses: Long Island, and the CW's America'
s Next Top Model also shoot in New York.
Because start-to-finish production is growing in New York, so is post-production. New infrastructures are being built to accommodate the demand of local production and Mayor de Blasio is at the forefront. The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, "MOME," has created The Assistant Editor Training and Mentorship Program designed for unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers to pursue careers in film and digital editing. The program will offer on-the-job-training in film, television and documentary editing techniques from some of NYC's most respected award-winning editors.
What's important to remember about all this production and post-production are all the jobs that go with them. Where there is a show, there are executives. Executives need producers, coordinators, assistants, accountants, marketers, brand ambassadors, business managers, and the list goes on. You don't have to transplant yourself to Los Angeles to be in the business. There's a reason Brooklyn has aptly grown its nickname "Hollywood East."
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