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NY Film Crews Want Tax Breaks to Keep Rolling

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Gaffers, set designers, actors and others in the film and TV industry are urging the New York lawmakers to maintain a program that provides tax credits to the film industry.

The program is not included in Governor Paterson's budget proposal. Supporters say it helps generate thousands of film industry jobs, and hundred of thousands of dollars in revenue for the city.

Alan Suna is CEO of Silvercup studios. He says the credit is an important bulwark against the city economy's downward spiral.

Suna: New Yorkers and New York will prosper. It will gain more revenue, more jobs, well-paying jobs. And Without doing this, these jobs will completely disappear because they are a mobile industry.

REPORTER: The Fox show "Fringe" announced last week that it would move to Vancouver, Canada, for next season. The show employs about a hundred people and spends more than $4 million an episode in New York City.

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