NYS Film Production Incentive Program - ‪#‎NYSFilmIncentives‬

‪#‎NYSFilmIncentives‬

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SECTION IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AS TIME PERMITS 

Since this Website started six years ago in July 2010, it has grown quite a bit. It started with just movies that had at least one scene shot on Long Island, then over the years expanded to include TV shows, Music Videos, Webisodes and other items of interest to those interested in movies.

In recent years NYS has been offering a Production Credit program to productions shot outside NYS that has brought lots of movies and TV shows here for the credit. And in addition some of these productions have been shot in NYS as well.

As New Yorker’s and Long Islander’s we felt you would be interested to know what these shows are.

The following information is from “The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development” website.

The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development is responsible for the growth of the film, television and commercial production, and related industries in New York State.


Click HERE to see productions with a one line listing that participated FROM 2012 TO 2017 


Click HERE to see productions that participated in 2018

Click HERE to see productions that participated in 2017  

Click HERE to see some videos


Television Strong in New York as May 2018 Network Upfronts Conclude

Television executives, producers and talent gathered in New York City in mid-May for the annual network upfronts, where the networks announce the lineup of new and returning shows for the coming television season. 

Those announcements underscored the importance of Governor Cuomo’s three-year extension of New York State’s successful film production tax credits through 2022  in attracting and retaining television series. Twenty-one currently running series will be returning, including: Fox’s Gotham; NBC’s Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, and Blindspot; Marvel’s Jessica Jones and She’s Gotta Have It on Netflix; CBS’s Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, Bull, Elementary, The Good Fight and Instinct; HBO’s Crashing, The Deuce and High Maintenance; Amazon Studios’ popular The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; The Sinner on USA Network; Happy! on Syfy; The Last O.G. and Search Party on TBS; and At Home with Amy Sedaris on TruTV. Based on last year’s numbers, these returning series will add at least $1.2 billion and more than  74,000 hires to New York’s economy.

God Friended Me (L-R): Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer and Violett Beane as Cara Weiss. Photo: Jonathan Wenk/CBS © 2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Once again, New York is a top destination for new straight-to-series. Six new productions include: Russian Doll and The Break with Michelle Wolf (Netflix); F.B.I. and Murphy Brown (CBS); The Other Two (Comedy Central); and the recently-announced The Godfather of Harlem, a straight-to-series drama for Epix starring Forest Whitaker and produced by ABC Signature Studios. The series already in production have generated an estimated $108 million in economic activity and created approximately 4,760 hires.  CBS has also committed to shoot two newly picked-up series in New York—God Friended Me and The Code.

A record 14 pilots shot in the first five months of this year, up from 10 last year, with an estimated New York Spend of $100+ million – up 32.42 percent over last year – and 12,114 hires—up 51.69 percent over the same period last year.  In addition to series and pilots, 34 feature films and one TV special (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) have joined the program since January.  This brings the total estimated spend so far this year for all projects to more than $1.1 billion, with approximately 58,000 hires. 


MPTV Hosts Location Manager Roundtable

Location professionals from New York State’s film and television industry joined the annual Location Manager Roundtable on Jan.12, hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV). The roundtable featured representatives of  Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, CBS’s Blue Bloods and Madam Secretary, ABC’s Quantico and Deception, Starz’s Power and Killer Film’s feature, Vox Lux. Together, these projects represent an estimated New York spend of more than $469 million and 26,138 hires. 

The event is part of MPTV’s ongoing relationship-building outreach with industry crewmembers across production roles, with location managers essential to the success of film and television production.  In addition to finding and securing locations for filming, they become unofficial production ambassadors as the point persons working with individuals, businesses and communities where filming occurs. 

Locations are puzzles, with many moving parts, and location managers assemble the logistical pieces in each place the director wants to shoot. They handle multiple contracts that need signing, with property or business owners and neighbors, parking clearances for trucks and picture cars, any necessary municipal permits, setup for catering areas and the trash collection at the end of each filming day. The job can be especially grueling for episodic television crews that shoot up to 20 to 25 locations per episode. Shows like  ABC’s Quantico offer additional challenges of finding New York locations that can double both for the show’s Virginia setting, home to U.S. military and intelligence training facilities, and for international locations including Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Pakistan.  As one manager put it, “it’s like planning a huge wedding with multiple locations every day for weeks on end.” 

The annual roundtables allow MPTV an opportunity to better understand what productions are facing, at the street level, both in and outside the city. It’s also an opportunity for the location professionals to network, exchange information, get updates on regional and agency news and be briefed on any new film regulations and protocols. 

MPTV’s close working relationship with location teams and productions ensures that finding and establishing locations continues to be a smooth process, and a continued conversation that is open, film-friendly and productive.

New York Films Head to Park City for Sundance Film Festival - Added to this site 01-15-18:

Nineteen films and two pilots that participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program will be screened next month at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at Sundance—one of the world’s largest film festivals—have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution and reached global audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices.  

Films that shoot or do post-production work in New York have traditionally been well-represented at Sundance, set for Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah. In addition to their Sundance recognition, this year’s crop of New York films also had an impressive economic impact while they were in production and post production, spending an estimated $38 million in New York and creating an estimated 2,448 hires.


New York’s incentive program, designed to strengthen the state’s film production and post-production industries, is one of the main reasons filmmakers choose to film here.   Houston King, producer of Hearts Beat Loud, which will premiere at Sundance, offered an example. “From the inception of Hearts Beat Loud, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite NYC neighborhoods - Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Without New York State’s incentive we very likely would have been forced to shoot the film in another state and changed the location of our story,” King said. “The incentive was key to giving our investors comfort that shooting in NYC was the right thing for their investment and the film.”

The following projects, screening at Sundance, shot in New York State and participated in the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program:

Franchesca 
Director: Kaitlin Fontana; Executive Producers: Topic Studios, Franchesca Ramsey, Kara Welker
Cast: Franchesca Ramsey

Hearts Beat Loud
Director: Brett Haley; Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch; Producers: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater
Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette

I Think We’re Alone Now
Director: Reed Morano; Screenwriter: Mike Makowsky; Producers: Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fernando Loureiro, Roberto Vasconcellos, Peter Dinklage, Mike Makowsky
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning

A Kid Like Jake 
Director: Silas Howard; Screenwriter: Daniel Pearle; Producers: Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Eric Norsoph, Paul Bernon, Rachel Song
Cast: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, Amy Landecker

The Kindergarten Teacher
Director and screenwriter: Sara Colangelo; Producers: Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Barynishikov, Michael Chernus, Gael Garcia Bernal

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Director: Desiree Akhavan; Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele; Producers: Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle

Monster 
Director: Anthony Mandler; Screenwriters: Radha Blank, Cole Wiley, Janece Shaffer; Producers: Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, Aaron L. Gilbert, Mike Jackson, Edward Tyler Nahem
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Rakim Mayers, Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson

Nancy
Director and screenwriter: Christina Choe;  Producers: Amy Lo, Michelle Cameron, Andrea Riseborough
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo

Night Comes On 
Director: Jordana Spiro; Screenwriters: Jordana Spiro, Angelica Nwandu; Producers: Jonathan Montepare, Alvaro R. Valente, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
Cast: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Hall, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella, James McDaniel

Paint 
Creator and director: Michael Walker
Cast: Joshua Caras, Olivia Luccardi, Paul Cooper, Amy Hargreaves, David Patrick Kelley

Piercing 
Director and screenwriter: Nicolas Pesce; Producers: Josh Mond, Antonio Campos, Schuyler Weiss, Jake Wasserman
Cast: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Maria Dizzia, Wendell Pierce

Puzzle 
Director: Marc Turtletaub; Screenwriter: Oren Moverman; Producers: Peter Saraf, Wren Arthur, Guy Stodel
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson

We The Animals 
Director: Jeremiah Zagar; Screenwriters: Daniel Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar; Producers: Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
Cast: Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Santiago


The following films shot outside New York State but came here to do their post-production and take advantage of New York State’s Post-Production Tax Credit program:

Beirut 
Director: Brad Anderson; Screenwriter: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris

Come Sunday
Director: Joshua Marston; Screenwriter: Marcus Hinchey; Producers: Ira Glass, Alissa Shipp, Julie Goldstein, James Stern, Lucas Smith, Cindy Kirven
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield, Martin Sheen

Dead Pigs 
Director and screenwriter: Cathy Yan; Producers: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng, Zhangke Jia, Mick Aniceto, Amy Aniceto
Cast: Vivian Wu, Haoyu Yang, Mason Lee, Meng Li, David Rysdahl

Juliet, Naked 
Director: Jesse Peretz; Screenwriters: Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, Phil Alden Robinson, Evgenia Peretz; Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
Cast: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd

Lizzie 
Director: Craig William Macneill; Screenwriter: Bryce Kass; Producers: Naomi Despres, Liz Destro
Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare

Pass Over 
Director: Spike Lee; Playwright/Screenwriter: Antoinette Nwandu
Cast: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake Delong

Untitled Debra Granik Project 
Director: Debra Granik; Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini; Producers: Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini
Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Korber, Dale Dickey

Wildlife
Director: Paul Dano; Screenwriters: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan; Producers: Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal


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A Record-Setting 2017

$3.8 billion NY Spend and 227,000+ Hires from 225 Projects 

With 225 productions generating nearly $4 billion in New York spend and nearly a quarter of a million hires, 2017 broke film and television production records in all areas, making it the fourth consecutive year of growth for New York State’s film tax credit program. The state’s post-production incentive program also grew, with New York spend up 12 percent over last year, to $96 million for 80 projects, and hires up seven percent to 987.

Here are some by-the-numbers highlights of that record-setting production: 

  •  Television: Series continued to be the biggest contributors, with 71 series representing almost 75 percent ($2.9 billion) of the total spend and 71 percent (160,179) of the total hires. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo’s extension through 2022 of funding for the tax credit program  helped establish the stability producers need when considering New York as their filming location, a critical factor in attracting new series with potential to become long-running hits like Blue Bloods Season 8, Elementary Season 6, Law and Order SVU Season 19 or The Americans Season 6. Twenty-seven new shows launched their first seasons in New York this year, including Succession (HBO), Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Rise (NBC), The Good Cop(Netflix) and Instinct (CBS). These  shows alone represented a New York spend of  $720+ million and 43,000+ hires.   In July, Governor. Cuomo, the Walt Disney Company, Marvel Television and Netflix Inc. announced that Marvel Television would increase what was already the largest television production project commitment in state history - more than doubling its initial commitment. Marvel Disney’s Defenders series added 23 additional episodes (season 2 of Iron Fist and season 3 of Daredevil) to the 26 episodes already in production for 2017 –bringing the Defenders overall total to 135 episodes shot in New York by the end of this year.  The Defenders series have used more than  500 local vendors and small businesses and generated more than 14,000 production hires (For the full press release, click here).
  • Feature films: This year’s film projects represented a wide range of budgets, star power and locations around the state. Big budget studio projects included Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (still filming), Barry Levinson’s untitled Joe Paterno project with Al Pacino and Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth—bringing a total NY spend of some $264 million and 9,555 hires. Twentieth Century Fox’s Christmas release The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman started filming in November 2016 and continued well into the spring of 2017. Middle-range features ($5 million to $50 million in New York spend), represented a little more than 20 percent of the total 2017 features, with 27 applications. These included bigger indies like Life Itself featuring Olivia Wilde and Samuel L. Jackson, If Beale Street Could Talk (director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar winning Moonlight), The True Adventures of Wolf Boy starring Chloe Sevigny and John Turturro, (shot entirely in Buffalo), A Quiet Place starring and directed by John Krasinski (shot in the Hudson Valley), Tomorrow Man starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner (shot entirely in Rochester) and many more. All told, these mid-budget features brought almost $364 million and more than 23,000 hires to communities all over New York State. 
  • Small films: Since New York’s tax credit has no minimum spend requirement, it also supports the lower budget independent filmmakers and their projects which film from Brooklyn to Buffalo. Films such as Holly Slept Over from producer Jeremy Garelick in Syracuse, Spy Intervention in Glens Falls, Blood Conscious in the Mohawk Valley, Shore Cliff in Western NY, Teen Horror Movie on Long Island – these and other films in the under $5 million range contributed more than $145 million and 20,000 hires to their local economies. When totaled, 34 percent of the feature applications in 2017 were for projects under $1 million. 
  • Post-production: The state’s post-production credits have helped attract a number of high-profile projects with major vfx requirements to New York. These include the new Star Trek Discovery television series for CBS All Access, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, HBO’s remake of the sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451, Cinemax’s upcoming Tong Wars series Warrior, and director Doug Liman’s visionary Chaos Walking.

As the numbers clearly show, 2017 was a very good year for the film and television industry in New York State with thousands of jobs and billions of dollars added into the state’s economy thanks in large part to the strong support of Governor Cuomo and the state’s film production and post-production incentives. With 2018 almost here, more projects are lining up to bring their shoots and post-production to New York State. 


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Award Contenders “The Post” and “The Greatest Showman” Generated $108+ Million in NYS

MPAA Says 20th Century Fox’s Big December Films Also Created 9,000+ Hires


December’s the time when studios often release prestige films they hope will garner major awards nominations. This year two such films, both of which have already collected  multiple nominations – Steven Spielberg’s The Post starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, and The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman—were produced entirely in New York State. According to a press release from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), these two Twentieth Century Fox releases combined had a New York spend of more than $108 million and more than 9,000 total hires who earned some $75 million. 

With almost half of their location days spent in Westchester County—mostly in the city of White Plains which served as a stand-in for Washington D.C.—the MPAA says The Post contributed more than $39 million to the local economy on items including $970,000 for truck and car rentals, $639,000 for local catering/food, $350,000 for lodging, $9.9 million for local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production and other supplies and more than $26.4 million in wages for local New Yorkers. The Greatest Showman spent time filming on Long Island, Westchester, Staten Island, The Bronx and Brooklyn, contributing an estimated $69.5 million to the local economy and hiring nearly 7,000 New Yorkers. Local in-state businesses and industries used by the production included hardware and lumber supplies ($2.2+ million), local catering/food ($1.1+ million), lodging/hotels ($488,000), transportation/truck and car rentals ($1.7 million) and local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production and other supplies ($15.3+ million). New Yorkers working on the film earned more than $48.5 million.

2017 was the fourth record-breaking year in a row for New York State’s film production tax credit program, with 225 projects bringing more than $3.8 billion and some 227,000 hires into New York State.

To read the entire MPAA press release, click here.


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Pottersville:  Filmed in Upstate New York; Released on Netflix

Pottersville, a film that shot entirely in Central New York last year, is now available for streaming on Netflix. Starring Michael Shannon, Christina Hendricks, Judy Greer and Ron Perlman, Pottersville follows the story of a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot thanks to the makeshift gorilla costume he wears during an inebriated romp through town. The sightings set off an international media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a small town hit by hard times.


The filmmakers were attracted to the look and small town locations in Central New York.  Much of the film’s 20-day shoot included scenes filmed at the Colgate Inn, a renovated 1925 hotel in Hamilton, and elsewhere in the village including the village green. To portray Pottersville’s down-on-their-luck businesses, many of the village’s storefronts were transformed into the dilapidated and unsightly places seen in the film, including a post-apocalyptic makeover of the Colgate Inn.

The film also did its stage work at the Central New York Film Hub, a Qualified Production Facility (QPF) in nearby East Syracuse.  The  production patronized local businesses including the Manor on the Green, Quacks Village Inn and Wendt Inn for cast and crew accommodations and meals. They also used Rush’s, Oliver’s, N13, Royal India Grill and La Iguana for food and set catering. Other local businesses that benefited from the production were Saxby’s, Hamilton Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Byrne Dairy, and Parry’s General Store on Utica Street. 

To read more about this 2016 film shoot
click here.

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Commissioner Zemsky Congratulates 12 New York-Based Productions Nominated For 2018 Golden Globe Awards

12 New York State-based Productions Earn 29 Nominations

December 11, 2017

Productions Generated More Than $398 Million in Spending; Created 17,397 New Hires in the State

Empire State Development, President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky today congratulated 12 New York-based productions that earned 29 nominations for the 2018 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The productions generated more than $398 million in spending and created approximately 17,397 new jobs across the state. All nominated productions participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program. 

“The New York Film Tax Credit Program has produced a record-breaking economic impact this year, investing heavily in our economy and expanding the opportunity for high-quality, middle-class jobs across the state” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “I congratulate this year’s Golden Globe nominees and I invite productions to come and take advantage of all that New York has to offer.”

The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment in the Empire State and continues to be the principle factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. The 12 productions earning nominations generated more than an estimated $398 million in spending in the state and approximately 17,397 new hires in the state. To date in 2017, 216 film and television projects have applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate 220,815 new hires and $3.7 billion in new spending for New York State.

A complete list of the 2017 Golden Globe Award Nominees who participated in the New York Film Tax Credit Program is available below.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Post

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Greatest Showman
Ladybird**
I, Tonya**

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya **
Saoirse Ronan, Ladybird**

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Hugh Jackman, Greatest Showman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Allison Janney, I Tonya**
Laurie Metcalf, Ladybird**
Mary J Blige, Mudbound**

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, Florida Project**

Best Director – Motion Picture
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Ladybird**
The Post

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
John Williams, The Post

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
This is Me, Greatest Showman
Mighty River, Mudbound**

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Sinner

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, Sinner

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, Wizard of Lies

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Michelle Pfeiffer, Wizard of Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

**Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program

About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.  

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits, and other forms of financial assistance, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.


Added to this site 11-25-17:

Film and Television Snapshot from Upstate New York

New York’s enhanced tax credit for productions that film upstate has contributed to a busy year of film production north of New York City. 

Here’s a snapshot of 2017 filming to-date:

  • Western New York has hosted six productions, including the currently filming True Adventures of Wolf Boy, starring John Turturro and produced by Kimberly Steward and Declan Baldwin (Manchester By The Sea). The prequel to The Purge franchise, Purge: The Island, produced by Blumhouse/Universal and Michael Bay, began filming this month. And the recently wrapped William Fichtner feature,  Cold Brook, spent weeks filming in both the Buffalo area and in Central New York.
  • The Capital Region has also welcomed six projects, including Departures, starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the indie feature Love Thy Keepers, and Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, a project that will also be filming scenes in the state’s Mid-Hudson and the North Country regions.
  • Central New York has hosted five feature films, including the recently wrapped indie feature Sushi Tushi  Or How Asia Broke Into American Pro Football directed by Ziad Hamzeh and Asher, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Richard Dreyfuss. Holly Slept Over, produced by Jeremy Garelick, began filming in the Syracuse area in late September.  
  • In the Finger Lakes region, Rochester is currently hosting Tomorrow Man, starring Blythe Danner and John Lithgow. 
  • The Mid-Hudson region is home to dozens of projects, including Big Dogs, a Choice Films crime series based at Umbra Studios in Newburgh and shooting throughout the area. Indie feature Furlough, starring Melissa Leo and Whoopi Goldberg, wrapped up earlier this summer. And John Krasinski’s feature directorial debut, A Quiet Place, is currently shooting in the Hudson Valley, with some October shoots scheduled in the Mohawk Valley.

For more information about the New York’s successful production tax credit program, regional film offices, production resources and great locations, visit our website.


Added to this site 11-25-17:

 For Immediate Release: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Contact:

Madeline Belloff | madeline.belloff@esd.ny.gov | (212) 803-3744 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313

Commissioner Zemsky Congratulates 11 New York-Based Productions Winning 27 Emmy Awards

Five Winning Productions Participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program

Productions Generated More Than $278 Million in Spending; Created More Than 16,500 New Hires in the State

Empire State Development (ESD) tonight congratulated 11 New York-based productions that received 27 awards at the 2017 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Of the winning productions, 5 participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, garnering 17 awards and generating an estimated $278 million in spending and more than 16,500 new hires statewide.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State continues to attract top notch television productions across the state, which drives billions of dollars in New York State spending, and generates hundreds of thousands of jobs each year,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Congratulations to tonight’s New York-based Emmy award winners that once again prove New York State is home to outstanding talent.”

The New York State Film Tax Credit Program attracts award-winning television series, which both film and complete post-production in New York State. Television production has increased exponentially across the state spurring infrastructure investments that will continue to impact the state’s economy for years to come. The state is currently home to 85 Qualified Production Facilities (QPFs) and each major studio has expanded. Since 2011,1,587 television productions have applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, generating more than $18.4 billion in local spending and creating more than 1.1 million new jobs.

The following is a list of 2017 Emmy Award Winners that participated in the New York Film Tax Credit program.

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Reality Or Reality- Competition Series

Saturday Night Live • Host: Alec Baldwin • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Eugene Lee, Production Designer
Akira Yoshimura, Production Designer

Keith Ian Raywood, Production Designer N. Joseph DeTullio, Production Designer

Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series Or Movie

The Night Of • Ordinary Death • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites
Fred Elmes, ASC, Director of Photography

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series

Master of None • The Thief • Netflix • Universal Television, Oh Brudder Productions, Alan Yang Productions, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
Jennifer Lilly, Edited by

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie

The Night Of • The Beach • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites
Jay Cassidy, ACE, Edit or
Nick Houy, Additional Edit or

Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)

Saturday Night Live • Host: Alec Baldwin • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Louie Zakarian, Department Head Makeup Artist
Amy Tagliamonti, Key Makeup Artist

Jason Milani, Key Makeup Artist Daniela Zivcovic, Makeup Artist Rachel Pagani, Makeup Artist Andrew Sotomeyer, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jimmy Fallon • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Don Roy King, Directed by

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

The Night Of • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites
Riz Ahmed as Nasir "Naz" Khan

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

Kate McKinnon as Various Characters

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Saturday Night Live • Host: Dave Chappelle • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Dave Chappelle as Host

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Saturday Night Live • Host: Melissa McCarthy • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Melissa McCarthy as Host

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special

The Night Of • Subtle Beast • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites
Nicholas Renbeck, Sound Supervisor
Marissa Littlefield, Supervising ADR Edit or

Steve Visscher, Supervising Foley Edit or Rut h Hernandez, ADR Edit or
Sara Stern, Dialogue Edit or
Luciano Vignola, Dialogue Edit or

Odin Benitez, Dialogue Edit or
Ruy Garcia, Sound Effect s Edit or Wyatt Sprague, Sound Effect s Edit or Warren Shaw, Sound Effect s Edit or Roland Vajs, Sound Effect s Edit or Heather Gross, Foley Edit or
Dan Evans Farkas, Music Edit or Grant Conway, Music Edit or
Marko Costanzo, Foley Artist

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Series Or Movie

The Night Of • The Beach • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites
Nicholas Renbeck, Re-Recording Mixer
Michael Barry, Re-Recording Mixer

Felix Andrew, Product ion Mixer Larry Hoff, Product ion Mixer

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

Gotham • Heavydirtysoul • FOX • Warner Bros. Television Thomas Mahoney, Visual Effect s Supervisor
Matthew Wheelon Hunt, Visual Effect s Producer
Alex Gitler, Compositing Supervisor

Sina San, Senior Matte Painter / Art Director

Michael Capton, CG Supervisor / Lead CG Artist Jon Anastasiades, Senior Lead Compositor
Ryan Bauer, Sequence Lead Compositor
Mark Anthony Nazal, Sequence Lead Compositor Randy Little, On-Set Supervisor

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie

Marvel's Luke Cage • Netflix • Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios James Lew, Stunt Coordinator

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series

Saturday Night Live • Host: Jimmy Fallon • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
St even Cimino, Technical Director
John Pinto, Camera

Paul Cangialosi, Camera Len Wechsler, Camera
Eric Eisenstein, Camera Dave Driscoll, Camera Susan Noll, Video Control Frank Grisanti, Video Control Jeff Latonero, Camera

Ann Bergstrom, Camera Randy Bittle, Camera

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Master Of None • Thanksgiving • Netflix • Universal Television, Oh Brudder Productions, Alan Yang Productions, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
Aziz Ansari, Written by
Lena Wait he, Written by

The following is a list of NY-based projects that are NOT IN the New York State Film Tax Credit Program:

Outstanding Directing For A Nonfiction Program

O.J.: Made In America • Part 3 • ESPN • ESPN Films and Laylow Films Ezra Edelman, Directed by

Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver • F*ck 2016 (segment) • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
Anthony Miale, Editor

Outstanding Interactive Program

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
Partially Import ant Productions

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen St ring Jack Productions and Avalon Television

Outstanding Special Outstanding Class Program

70th Annual Tony Awards • CBS • White Cherry Entertainment Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer
Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer
Allen Kelman, Supervising Producer

James Corden, Producer/Host Ben Winston, Producer

Outstanding Short Form Variety Series

The Daily Show - Daily Between The Scenes • TheDailyShow.com • Central Productions, LLC Jennifer Flanz, Executive Producer
Steve Bodow, Executive Producer
Ramin Hedayati, Supervising Producer

Jocelyn Conn, Produced by Trevor Noah, Host

Outstanding Children's Program

Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas • HBO • Sesame Workshop Brown Johnson, Executive Producer
Ken Scarborough, Co-Executive Producer
Benjamin Lehmann, Supervising Producer

Karyn Leibovich, Producer Stephanie Longardo, Producer Mindy Fila, Producer

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
Kevin Avery, Written by
Tim Carvell, Written by

Josh Gondelman, Written by Dan Gurewitch, Written by Geoff Haggerty, Written by Jeff Maurer, Written by

John Oliver, Written by Scot t Sherman, Written by Will Tracy, Written by
Jill Twiss, Written by
Juli Weiner, Written by

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondent’s Dinner • TBS • JAX Media
Samantha Bee, Writer
Jo Miller, Writer

Ashley Nicole Black, Writer

Pat Cassels, Writer
Eric Drysdale, Writer Mat han Erhardt , Writer Travon Free, Writer
Joe Grossman, Writer Miles Kahn, Writer Melinda Taub, Writer

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program

O.J.: Made In America • ESPN • ESPN Films and Laylow Films Bret Granato, ACE, Editor
Maya Mumma, ACE, Editor
Ben Sozanski, ACE, Editor

About the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development

The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV), a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.

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