Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting

The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) is the oldest film commission in the United States.[1] It is New York City’s agency responsible for coordinating municipal support for film and television production, including approving film shoots and liaising with government agencies and promoting the industry. The office provides free permits, free public locations, and free police escorts.[1] It also provides shooting guidelines, insurance information, and other useful information for local film and media production. Built upon mayoral initiatives dating back to Mayor John V. Lindsay in 1966 and Mayor Abraham Beame in 1974, the Mayor’s Office today supports an industry that generates over $5 billion annually and employs over 100,000 New Yorkers.[2]

The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
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Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Mayor’s Advisory Council on Motion Pictures and Television
Headquarters1697 Broadway Suite 602
New York, NY 10019
Agency executive
Parent agencyMayor's Office of Media and Entertainment


In his 1965 campaign for mayor, John Lindsay promised to lure runaway film productions back to New York City by streamlining the process of obtaining the necessary approvals to shoot in the city.[2] At the time, separate approvals were required from several agencies before filming could begin.[2] In 1966, permitting authority was consolidated within the New York City Department of Commerce. The city saw an immediate 100% increase in production over the previous year, bringing in an estimated additional $20 million in spending in the city.[2] In 1974, Mayor Abraham Beame expanded the city’s support for the industry by forming the Mayor's Advisory Council on Motion Pictures and Television, led by Director Walter Wood.[2] In 1993, after a seven-month-long labor dispute between major studios and several theatrical unions which brought New York-based production to a near-standstill,[3] Mayor David Dinkins elevated the office to cabinet status and appointed film industry professional Richard Brick as its first Commissioner.[4] Since 2016, the office has been overseen by Julie Menin, who serves as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.


  1. ^ a b Mission Statement of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-02-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e History of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-02-04.
  3. ^ Janofsky, Michael (1992-11-25), "Dinkins Turns to Industry Experience to Lure Films Back to City", The New York Times, retrieved 2010-02-23
  4. ^ Purdy, Matthew (1994-02-27), "Hollywood Is Casting; New York Stays Home", The New York Times, retrieved 2010-02-23
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City University Film Festival

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In this episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), who is now in a happy relationship with Floyd DeBarber (Sudeikis), becomes annoyed when Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) seemingly becomes obsessed with Floyd. Jack begins a relationship with Phoebe (Mortimer), after being demoted. Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) pitches his movie, Jefferson, to General Electric CEO Don Geiss (Torn).

"Corporate Crush" received generally positive reviews from television critics, with Robert Canning of IGN describing it as "solid". According to the Nielsen ratings system, the episode was watched by 5.1 million households during its original broadcast. Griffin Richardson, the episode's sound mixer, received a Creative Arts Emmy Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.

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Katherine Oliver

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Location shooting

Location shooting is the shooting of a film or television production in a real-world setting rather than a sound stage or backlot. The location may be interior or exterior.

The filming location may be the same in which the story is set (for example, scenes in the film The Interpreter were set and shot inside the United Nations building), or it may stand in for a different locale (the films Amadeus and The Illusionist were primarily set in Vienna, but were filmed in Prague). Most films feature a combination of location and studio shoots; often, interior scenes will be shot on a soundstage while exterior scenes will be shot on location. Second unit photography is not generally considered a location shoot.

Before filming, the locations are generally surveyed in pre-production, a process known as location scouting and recce.

Made in NY

Made in NY is an incentive program and marketing campaign of the City of New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Under the program, television and film productions which complete at least 75% of their shooting and rehearsal work in New York City are eligible for marketing incentives and tax credits, and can display the Made in NY logo in their closing credits. The logo was created in 2005 by graphic designer Rafael Esquer.Made In NY also has a training program called the Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program. This trains New York City residents as production assistants and a graduate of the training program is named PA of the Month by the Mayor's Office of Film. The New York Daily News profiled James Adames, the June 2011 PA of the Month. Adames started as a Production assistant and is now working as a TV/Film Producer & Location Manager.

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In late 2009, it was announced that NYC Media Group would be split off from the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and merge with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting to form the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. As of 2018, the general manager of NYC Media is Janet Choi.

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Richard Brick

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As a producer, Brick is best known for his three pictures with Woody Allen: Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity and Sweet and Lowdown. He also was the Co-Producer of Emir Kusturica’s only picture in the U.S., Arizona Dream; Producer of Robert M. Young’s Caught and Joseph Vasquez’ Hangin' with the Homeboys. In television Brick was senior producer of two network specials for Peter Jennings: The JFK Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy and UFOs: Seeing Is Believing.Brick had a long involvement with the graduate film program at Columbia University, where he received his M.F.A. degree in 1971. He joined the faculty and served as chairman and as co-chairman with Miloš Forman from 1987 through 1989, and was an adjunct professor of producing from 1990. During his tenure Brick created the first Columbia University Film Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.Brick served as New York City's first Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting from 1992 through 1994 (the Office was previously headed by a Director), following the studio boycott of New York City during 1990-91. Brick was also involved with the labor side of the film industry as a member of the Producers Guild of America and as a member of the Eastern Assistant Directors/Unit Production Managers Council, as a delegate to the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 National Conventions, as a member of the PAC National Leadership Council of the Directors Guild of America, and as a member of the DGA National Negotiating Committee 2010-11. He died of esophageal cancer on April 2, 2014, aged 68.He is survived by his wife, the publisher of Metropolitan Books, Sara Bershtel.

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In the episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) finally dumps Dennis Duffy (Winters) and prowls the singles scene, where she proves to be particularly inept at picking up guys, under Jenna Maroney's (Jane Krakowski) tutelage. Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and James "Toofer" Spurlock (Powell) clash, landing both in sensitivity training, and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) dates a certain "high-ranking African-American member of the Bush Administration."

"The Break-Up" received generally good reception from critics. According to the Nielsen ratings system, the episode was watched by 5.9 million households during its original broadcast, and received a 2.8 rating/8 share among viewers in the 18–49 demographic. Scott Ellis received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for "The Break-Up".

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