June 8, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – A record-breaking 56 episodic television series were filmed in New York City during the 2016-17 season. The new high, up from 52 last year, reaffirms the City’s status as the premier location for the episodic television production industry.
The number of television shows shot in the city has been setting records every year for the last seven seasons.
“We are experiencing a new golden age of television. The industry is enjoying a period of substantial expansion – not only to different audiences, but new platforms. And our City is doing an excellent job of getting its share of this growth,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Production activity is spreading out to all five boroughs, and with it, more and more good-paying jobs for New Yorkers.”
Every television show that shoots in the five boroughs brings tangible economic benefits to the City’s neighborhoods in the form of increased spending at local businesses and hundreds of well-paying jobs. The city’s soundstages are in high demand, and York Studios is breaking ground on a new 350,000 facility in the Bronx, in part to keep pace with all of the demand. The number of pilots filmed throughout the five boroughs also rose, to 17 pilots in the 2016-2017 season (including network, cable and digital) up from 15 last year, an increase of 14 percent. The increase is all the more notable since the total number of network pilots has reportedly declined and the industry has moved away from the traditional pilot commissioning process. Among the award-winning shows filmed in New York City are Mr. Robot, Billions, and The Americans. A number of prestigious projects have already announced they will film in New York in the 2017-18 season, including Succession with HBO, Maniac, a Netflix series which is the first Paramount TV project for shoot in New York, and Ray Donovan, the hit Showtime drama about a Hollywood fixer, which relocated from Los Angeles.
“We are thrilled that, once again, New York City has broken a new record in the number of television series shooting here,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “New York is the greatest backdrop in the world, and the diversity of the city’s locations is unparalleled as is its skilled workforce. This increase in production provides enormous revenue to the city’s small businesses, and as well as thousands of well-paying jobs, something we can all celebrate.”