We’ve reported versions of this information before, but Variety’s Peter Caranicas noted the other day that latest data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics seems to show that the benefit of tax incentives to boost film and television production in New York works well.
The Variety article doesn’t really add much, and essentially repeats info published earlier in a number of different publications including this one from Nikki Finke’s Deadline.
The core production jobs covered in the 2010 jobs report of the New York State Comptroller are up to 43,000, an increase of 20-percent from the 36,000 jobs in 2008, and an increase of 22-percent over 2009.
Those numbers are up for 2011 too. The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development In 2011 noted a 66-percent boost in the same stats over those of 2010. In 2011, that works out to 137 applications to date (i.e. the end of November), including 91 motion pictures, 20 television pilots and 26 television series.
There’s data too on a more granular level about what a large feature such as Jason Winer’s Arthur can deliver.The Warner Bros. film, which shot in New York for 48 days in 2010, dropped some $26 million with local vendors. Local hires came to over 4,300, including 1,043 crew members.
(You can find this data in a November 30, 2011 press release on the Motion Picture Association of America’s website. The breakdown on Arthur is from the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development.)
New Yorkers like the incentives of course, at least those with skin in the game. The MPAA release quotes Mike Jackman, co-chair of New York Production Alliance, saying in part that “The new job figures released by BLS confirm what all of us working in and around this industry know to be true, that film and television production continues to be a catalyst for New York’s economic recovery. It is of no surprise the only dip in job growth came during 2009, a year funding for the New York State incentive briefly ran dry.”
You can also find some of this info on the website of the New York State’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development.
No mention in any of these releases of the Post New York Alliance (PNYA), which has worked to deliver a 10-percent tax break for productions doing post in New York state.