Television series' like Pan Am enjoy using NYC as backdrop

August 22, 2011 1:26:43 PM PDT
Mayor Bloomberg and Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver have announced that 23 television series are now being filmed in New York City, contributing to 100,00 jobs.

The Mayor made his announcement at Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the set of the new ABC series Pan Am.

"Thousands of New Yorkers are hard at work building sets, making costumes and scouting locations for the record 23 new and returning TV shows that film here," said Mayor Bloomberg. "A show like Pan Am employs 400 people behind the scenes and generates activity for our local economy at places like lumberyards, fabric stores and coffee shops. We're working to strengthen and diversify New York City's economy and create jobs, and our thriving entertainment industry is a prime example of those efforts paying off."

The mayor said 23 shows for the upcoming television season, as well as 140 news programs, talk shows and reality series are all filmed in New York.

The City's entertainment industry contributes more than $5 billion to the City's economy each year

"Pan Am joins a long list of television series that have chosen New York City as its backdrop, and we couldn't be more thrilled," said State Office for Motion Picture & Television Development Pat Swinney Kaufman. "The 30 percent New York State Film Production Credit has attracted more than 100 projects into the program since January. With the extension and expansion of the program, we have received more than 600 applications. Business is booming and these projects are helping to support our local economies across the state, bringing jobs to small businesses and employing thousands of New Yorkers."

Pan Am premieres on Sunday, September 25, on the ABC Television Network. The original series, which follows Pan Am pilots and stewardesses in 1963 at the dawn of the Jet Age, is created by Jack Orman and is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.