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Kinky Boots

As part of MOME’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, earlier this year Commissioner Julie Menin announced the first-ever “Broadway in the Boros” series, bringing free performances of hit Broadway shows to public parks throughout the five boroughs. The final performance for the 2016 season took place in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on August 19, with performers from “Phantom of the Opera” and “STOMP” providing entertainment for over 200 neighbors and residents. “Broadway in the Boros” aims to increase access for New Yorkers from all backgrounds to the magic of Broadway entertainment, which can often be cost-prohibitive for many City residents.
Read a Wall Street Journal article about the "Broadway in the Boroughs" initiative.

"MOME Movie Matinees" Takes Thousands of Residents to the Movies

MOME Movie Matinees

MOME’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue this week, as 2,000 NYCHA residents throughout the five boroughs will participate in the “MOME Movie Matinees” program. On August 31, free movie tickets are being distributed to families to attend family-friendly feature films including The Secret Life of Pets, Star Treck Beyond, and Pete’s Dragon. Through MOME Movie Matinees, the agency is providing NYCHA residents with access to the movie theater experience – a classic American pastime – which can often be cost-prohibitive for low-income families.

VMAxNYC Contest Winners Attend Legendary Award Show at Madison Square Garden

vmaxnyc winners

On August 28, five lucky winners of the VMAxNYC contest and their guests attended the MTV Video Music Awards here in New York City, walking the red carpet and experiencing the legendary awards show featuring some of today’s biggest stars in music and entertainment. The VMAxNYC video contest was presented by MOME and MTV to celebrate the VMAs’ return to New York City, and in honor of the event’s first-ever presentation at Madison Square Garden.

VMAxNYC winner Isabella Ong was featured in a New York Daily News article, discussing her video entry to the contest and her love for Taylor Swift and her home borough of Staten Island. Read the article

View all of the winning video submissions to the VMAxNYC Contest.

MOME Supports a Variety of Summer Internship and Learning Opportunities in Media and Entertainment Fields

mome supports a variety of summer internship and learning opportunities

This summer, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) supported several summer initiatives intended to open the door to media and tech jobs for New York City students. Presented in partnership with sister City agencies including the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the Mayor’s Fund, and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), these programs – ranging from web programming and engineering to theatre and film production – provided New York City middle school, high school and college students with hands-on experiences that will help them succeed in the next steps of their education or career.Learn More

Put On Your Calendar

THR TV Week: Documentary Now! With Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers
Love comedy? Love documentaries? Then you’d probably love Documentary Now!, IFC’s hit series co-created by the dream team of Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Rhys Thomas and executive produced by Armisen, Hader, Meyers, Thomas, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer and Alex Bueno. Season 2 debuts this September, hosted by Helen Mirren and featuring hilarious spins on classic docs ranging from Stop Making Sense to The War Room. On September 13, three of the brilliant comic minds behind the show will stop by 92Y to discuss this delightfully off-the-wall project. The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is co-presenting this panel with the 92nd Street Y as part of The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Talks series in recognition of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting’s milestone 50th anniversary.
Get all the details.

Urbanworld Film Festival
Urbanworld Film Festival
Celebrating its 20th annual event this year, the Urbanworld Film Festival returns to NYC September 21 through 25, featuring a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. The festival fights to expand the definition of ‘urban’ beyond ethnicity to include sensitibility, cuture, and proximity. Learn more about this year's festival.

BRIC Jazzfest
The BRIC JazzFest returns for its second year, expanding its offerings to a full week October 8 through 15. The highlight of the festival – the BRIC JazzFest Marathon, featuring a wide variety of jazz instrumentalists and singers – will grow from two nights to three. The first JazzFest Marathon on October 13 will be presented free of charge thanks to sponsorship from MOME. Get all the details on this and other Bric JazzFest event offerings.

Paleyfest: Made in NY
Running October 6 through 19, PaleyFest is a must-see pop cultural event produced by the Paley Center for Media that brings fans together with the stars and creators of their favorite shows for panel discussions with audience Q&A. MOME is co-presenting the festival this year as part of the agency’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Click here for all the details.

New York Film Festival
The 54th annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) returns to Lincoln Center September 30 through October 16, showcasing cinematic excellence from around the world. MOME is a proud supporter of the festival, which highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as new talent. MOME will specifically be sponsoring the New York Shorts program. NYFF tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 11.
Click here to learn more.

New "Made in NY" TV productions releasing in September:

  • Blindspot (September 14, NBC)
  • High Maintenance (September 16, HBO)
  • Gotham (September 19, FOX)
  • Bull (September 20, CBS)
  • Law and Order: SVU (September 21, NBC)
  • The Blacklist (September 22, NBC)
  • Blue Bloods (September 23, CBS)
  • Quantico (September 25, ABC)
  • Younger (September 28, TV Land)
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage (September 30, Netflix)

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