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(Crain’s) — Wall Street may be withering and the city’s unemployment rate may be stuck at a bloated 8.7%, but one local industry is bucking the negative economic trends. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that a record 23 television series are filming in the city, largely as a result of a 30% state tax credit. The shows, which include eight new prime-time series, are part of an industry that supports 100,000 jobs in the city, the mayor said.
(Crain’s) — New York may no longer have Law & Order, the hit series that was produced in the city and provided thousands of jobs to local actors, caterers and assorted film crew during its 20-year run, but there are a record number of new shows jockeying to fill its shoes, according to an announcement on Tuesday from the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development. A record eight new shows will commence filming in the Empire State this year, bringing with them more than 4,700 new jobs, according to the agency. Thus far, most of the credit for the spike goes to an August 2010 extension of the state’s 30% tax credit for film production done locally, an incentive that was apparently too tempting for production companies seeking a bargain to pass up.
(Philadelphia Tribune) — TThe National Coalition of African American Owned Media (NCAAOM) is calling foul. This is not a partisan issue. Project 21, a conservative think tank that deals with Black issues, is also crying bloody murder. It was reported in The Hill, a publication that covers Congress, that the merger will enhance minority opportunities with 10 new independent cable networks, eight of which would service Black, Latino, Asian and other minorities, plus $20 million in venture capital for minority entrepreneurs.
(Variety) — One of the biggest TV stories of January wasn’t dedicated to the new judging panel on “American Idol,” the Comcast-NBC merger or even the wildly popular NFL playoffs. Rather, it was the re-emergence of a formerly middling sitcom that shook the cable world. BET’s Jan. 11 premiere of “The Game” drew a whopping 7.6 million viewers — more than numerous broadcast laffers — making it among the most-watched comedies in basic-cable history. While the news provoked a lot of head-turning in network exec suites, it’s difficult to gauge the long-range implications of the show’s newfound success.