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Mayor Mike Spano: 2015 A Blockbuster Year for Film Production in Yonkers
YONKERS, NY – December 23, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that 2015 was another record year for film production in the City of Yonkers. Over the course of the year, the Mayor’s Office of Film & Photography – known as Film Yonkers – issued 150 film permits, bringing in nearly $450,000 in economic activity to the City.
“Word is spreading that Yonkers is open for filming,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “We’ve cut fees and made it easier to film in Yonkers and that’s why we’re now widely considered one of the region’s top film locations.”
Since Mayor Spano launched Film Yonkers and www.filmyonkers.com, Yonkers has seen nearly 500 productions film in the City, up from only a dozen or so in previous years. The increase in film activity has brought new revenue to the City and local businesses. In fact, since 2012 the City has generated more than $1 million in economic activity from film production.
For years prior to Mayor Spano’s Administration, Yonkers suffered from a reputation as an unfriendly film city; the City’s fee system and red tape largely drove the industry outside of Yonkers. In an effort to revamp the process, Mayor Mike Spano created the Office of Film & Photography in 2012, eliminated the permit fee and assigned a staff member to direct the office, which serves as a one-stop shop for production companies and film professionals, eliminating the need for production crews to contact multiple department officials to move their projects forward.
“We’ve all heard the old adage if you build it they well will come. That’s the same philosophy we applied to our film office. We created a one-stop shop, we eliminated the hassle that used to be associated with filming in Yonkers and we’ve seen the film industry take off,” said Mayor Spano.
Several feature films shot in Yonkers in 2015, including All We Had starring Katie Holmes, Border Crossing starring Julia Stiles, The Book of Henry starring Naomi Watts, The Bleeder starring Liev Schreiber and an untitled Woody Allen project starring Steve Carell and Kristen Stewart. Additionally, dozens of TV shows shot in Yonkers in 2015, including Gotham, The Blacklist, The Knick, Mr. Robot, Billions and Madam Secretary.
2016 Golden Globe nominated productions filmed in Yonkers
Best Television Series, Drama
Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange is the New Black
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Maura Tierney, The Affair