In a report on the Capital New York website, reporter Nicole Levy says that a bill just introduced before the New York City Council would require film and television productions to do “timely” postings of their actual street locations and times. The info must be posted to the city’s website in a searchable format, according to the article, which you can read here.
Sponsored by Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer and Council member Ben Kallos, the bill seeks to move from those signs you see posted here and there throughout the City, measures which don’t give residents enough warning. Some 29 TV series were set in the City during the 2013-2014 season, according to The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as well as some 200 feature films.
The council is trying to respond to the “hundreds of complaints and inquiries” via phone according to Brewer. Cars can be towed by a production, so that’s one reason for the complaints. Noise, congestion and loss of parking spaces are among the other reasons New Yorkers want to reach a responsible production coordinator. A searchable database would make it simpler to plan and understand any such production problems.
There’s one sure to follow develop though that a busy line producer might not be so thrilled about. According to Levy, “An added benefit of a production database would be that New Yorkers could find and watch a taping of their favorite TV programs.”
Cue the tourist buses…