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Record Number of Network Pilots Filming in NYC

April 2nd 2018

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It seems the Big Apple is beating Hollywood at its own game. On Thursday March 22nd, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced that the NYC broke its record of Network drama pilots being filmed locally this season. Three of the major networks have opted to film 12 drama pilots in our city. By Contrast, eight pilots will be filmed in Los Angeles. NYC’s boost represents both the largest number of productions across the country and the biggest jump in any city across the nation. “Today’s announcement bodes well for our city’s continued dominance as the episodic TV capital of the world, providing long-lasting, good jobs to New York-based crew members and actors alike,” said MOME Commissioner Julie Menin.
She credited the boom to the city’s budding population of film talent, and the desirable selection of locations and soundstages available throughout the five boroughs.

Last year, NY hosted the filming of only seven pilots. The previous record for city-produced network pilots is 10, from the year 2012. The number of hour-long broadcast drama pilots industry-wide across the nation also rose, from 38 last year to 43 this year. The city added that the figures do not include pilots filmed by streaming networks such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, since they are filmed throughout the year, not during the Spring. As per AM NY, the number of shows filmed in NYC from those three streaming networks also rose by 11 percent, from the 2015-2016 season to the 2016-2017 season.As per the City’s Press Release, CBS led the city’s productions with the largest number of pilots in the city. The productions include: “Murder,”, “The Code,” “Main Justice,” and “God Friended Me”, and “F.B.I.”. “F.B.I. ” is a new series by famed producer Dick Wolf, who is celebrated for his hits “Law and Order” and “Chicago”. The creator hasn’t filmed a pilot in NYC since 1999. NBC is filming four pilots in NYC including, “Manifest,” “The Enemy Within,” “The Village,” and “Bellevue”.

The last of which is a medical drama inspired by the memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, written by Dr. Eric Manheimer, MD, the former medical director at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, who also is the producer for the series. ABC will film 3 pilots in the five boroughs including, “Get Christie Love”, “Holmes Sisters,” and “The Rookie”. There will be three other pilots filming in the city for cable networks this season including, “Compliance” for FX, “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” for Pop TV and “Alternatino” for Comedy Central.

“New York City continues to light up the small screen in homes all across America,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “It’s great to see production activity spreading out throughout the five boroughs and with it, good-paying jobs for more New Yorkers.”


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