Tracie Hunte, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Tracie Hunte is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC Newsroom.
As the city gears up for the sixth annual Made in NY Awards to honor individuals in film, TV, theater and digital media Monday night, 2011 figures show a record number of TV projects were shot in the city this year.
Twenty television pilots were filmed in New York City this past winter and spring, compared to three in 2010 and six in 2009. So far, seven of this season's pilots will have a shot on the small screen.
The commissioner of the mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Katherine Oliver, said the legislature's approval of $420 million in film production tax credits makes shooting in the city look more attractive.
"That gets credit for really bringing in a lot of the production as well," Oliver said.
Victoria Pistone, from AFTRA, agreed and said the actors' union lobbied Albany to get the tax credits passed and so far, it's paid off.
"That is definitely a big reason why these productions are coming to New York to shoot these days," Pistone said. "It's cheaper to do it here now because of that."
The Made in NY awards, created by the Bloomberg Administration, celebrate outstanding achievements in film, television and commercial production.