New York and New Jersey Film Commissioners Talk Tax Credits, Diversity and Soundstage Squeeze

There’s plenty of production to go around. That was the message sent Tuesday by the film commissioners of New York City and New Jersey during a conversation held as part of the annual Crain’s Entertainment Summit.

Julie Menin, commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s office of Media and Entertainment, and Steven Gorelick, executive director New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, made it clear that New York and New Jersey are not feverishly competing to lure projects to one side of the Hudson River or the other. The conversation, moderated by Addie Morfoot, a contributor to Crain’s and to Variety, also touched on the booming demand for stage space and location filming sites and the need to develop diversity initiatives to bring more women and persons of color into the entertainment business.

“There’s so much business to go around,” Menin said. “Our stages are very, very full. There’s really no location like New York. We feel that our numbers are going to continue to go up.” Gorelick noted that New York and New Jersey both pull from the same talent pool particularly among below-the-line workers. “What’s good for New Jersey is good for New York and vice versa,” he said.

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