New York City may not have a Hollywood sign or the Sunset Strip, but the Big Apple is continuing to be recognized for its contribution to our nation’s film and television industry. Two weeks ago, the NYC mayor’s office announced a contest challenging students to develop a public service announcement intended to raise awareness of content theft and copyright violation on the Internet, emphasizing how such illegal action can impact the jobs of thousands. Yesterday, Crain’s New York Business writer Greg David reinforced this idea, highlighting how new hit shows like HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and CBS’s The Good Wife are becoming major contributors to solid, middle-class jobs in the area.
The reason why, David writes, is a simple concept with which most Americans will identify: “actors, actresses, directors, and producers want to sleep in their own beds, just like the rest of us.” He goes on to point out that “many shows are set in the city, and producers want authentic backdrops” and that a “state tax credit makes shooting in New York cost-competitive.” David also touts the industry’s resilience in New York City, using the city’s rebound from the canceling of NBC’s Law and Order, a staple New York City show for 20 years, to the emergence of Empire and other programs as evidence that its role as a leader in film and television production is here to stay.
New York City’s nearly 87,000 television and film related jobs and $7.7 billion in subsequent wages are significant, but New York is far from the only city that plays a noteworthy part in supporting our industry’s jobs. Over 2 million jobs across all 50 states are linked to America’s film and television industry. As our economy continues to rebuild, each and every one of these jobs is critical not just for the people who hold them, but for their families, neighborhoods, and communities. After all, the most important characters in any production are the people who make them possible.