Leave it to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to use the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards to plug his city as a film destination.
“The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have recognized some of the most talented people in the production industry by honoring so many ‘Made in NY’ shows this year,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “From casting directors to actors, hairstylists to camera operators, New York City is home to a thriving community of creative professionals and we salute all of them, along with our ‘Made in NY’ Emmy winners.”
Bloomberg had good reason to crow. More than two dozen awards went to television shows that were made in New York.
Winners included Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” (Merritt Wever for supporting actress in a comedy series), NBC’s “30 Rock” (Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield for writing in a comedy series), HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire (Bobby Cannavale for supporting actor in a drama series), “Saturday Night Live” (Don Roy King for director for variety special), and “The Colbert Report” for variety series.
“The City has truly become a TV town which means good-paying jobs for 130,000 New Yorkers and an industry that contributes over $7 billion to the local economy supporting thousands of small businesses citywide,’' Bloomberg added.
New York has seen a surge in film and television production since the state increased its film tax credit. The state offers a 30% tax credit toward qualified production expenses and allocates $420 million annually to fund moves and TV programs.
New Mexico also had bragging rights Sunday night after drama series winner “Breaking Bad” creator and producer Vince Gilligan gave a shout out to Albuquerque for hosting the successful AMC show. “Breaking Bad,” about chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who turns to producing and selling meth to support his family, was also set in Abuquerque, spawning a film tourism business that catered to the show’s fans. The series wrapped production in April.