NY Takes Another Shot at the Visual Media

It was bad enough that New York removed tax breaks for video production in the city – now The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (and who ever knew there even was such a thing?) want s to charge production companies who want to either film or photograph anything in their buildings.  Like the courts.  Like in Law and Order. The DCAS wants to charge $3200 for each shot in a city building, and wants to be notified seven days in advance of any shoot. While it’s not unreasonable to expect some recompense for providing a set, which is currently free, $3200 is fairly exorbitant.  Chicago, in contrast charges $500, which includes multi-day access. John Johnston, executive director of the New York Production Alliance feels that if the DCAS passes the new fee, other agencies like the Parks Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would follow suit,” making filming in New York even more cost-prohibitive”, says Crain’s.

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