The Mayor's office
of media and entertainment
SEPTEMBER 2018 updates
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is partnering with GalaPro, a first-of-its-kind mobile app, to revolutionize the theatre-going experience, particularly for the deaf, hard of hearing, low vision, and blind communities. To foster greater access to theatrical performances for all New Yorkers, MOME will be providing up to $100,000 to cover the cost of installing GalaPro software in qualifying off-Broadway, not-for-profit, and independent theatres throughout New York City.
GalaPro uses voice recognition technology, developed specifically for theatre and live performances to provide real-time closed captioning, amplification, and translation on users' smartphones or tablets. Independent theatres interested in installing GalaPro software should contact Carla Hoke-Miller at email@example.com.
Learn more about the partnership here.
The Office of Nightlife has embarked on a five-borough listening tour, kicking off in Brooklyn, and continuing to Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan, to hear comments, concerns, and ideas for strengthening New York's distinctive nightlife. Established earlier this year, the Office of Nightlife serves as a central point of contact between City agencies, nightlife business owners, employees, patrons, and city residents, promoting a safe and vibrant nightlife scene beneficial to businesses and communities across the five boroughs.
The sessions are designed to inform the Office of Nightlife as it pursues policy recommendations and long-term solutions to ensure the vitality of New York’s nightlife. Attendees will be invited to publicly share their ideas and priorities for every borough and every neighborhood. The Office of Nightlife welcomes all New Yorkers to share feedback on topics such as quality of life, safety, regulations, enforcement, and the role nightlife plays in fostering creativity and social cohesion.
The first listening session in Brooklyn brought together 10 City and State agencies and almost 300 attendees to listen and share diverse perspectives and issues.
The next listening sessions are as follows:
Tuesday, October 16 | QUEENS
Doors 5:00pm | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Tuesday, October 30 | STATEN ISLAND
Doors 5:30pm | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
The Historic Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Thursday, November 15 | BRONX
Doors 5:00pm | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Repertory Theater at Hostos Community College/CUNY
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Wednesday, November 28 | MANHATTAN
Doors 4:30pm | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
New Yorkers are encouraged to RSVP here and can also reach the Office of Nightlife to share their ideas and priorities at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, visit www.nyc.gov/nightlife.
On September 17, the three-month-long One Book, One New York program culminated at the Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Library as part of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, with hundreds of people gathering to hear how the Brooklyn Waterfront and the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s, provided not only the backdrop for Manhattan Beach, but also how it became a central character in Jennifer Egan's novel.
Joining Egan at the final event was Zaheer Ali, Oral historian from the Brooklyn Historical Society, Egan's primary researcher for Manhattan Beach and the former Assistant Director, Archives for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Meredith Wisner, and author/moderator Alexis Coe. The hour-long finale event can be watched here.
As we close the book on another successful One Book, One New York campaign, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in this year's program and especially those who joined the conversation on social media at #OneBookNY.
We can't wait to get everyone in New York City on the same page again next year!
The "Made in NY" Women's Film, TV and Theatre Fund ("Women's Fund") is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by MOME designed to address the underrepresentation of all who identify as women in film, television, and theatre. The NYC Women's Fund, administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), provides finishing grants to support film, television, digital, and live theatre projects that reflect the voices, experiences, and perspectives of all who identify as women.
Visit nyfa.org/NYCWomensFund to learn more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, October 16, 11:59 p.m. EST.
CITY SEEKS PROPOSALS TO DEVELOP FILM/TV PRODUCTION STUDIO IN BROOKLYN
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment are seeking proposals from film, TV, and other media production companies or industrial developers to lease and develop a portion of the Made in New York Campus at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This Request for Proposals ("RFP") presents an exciting opportunity to develop nearly 200,000 SF (lot area) of waterfront real estate into a best-in-class production facility campus for film and television production, video and photo shoots, sound-recording, and emerging media sectors such as AR/VR.
Respondents must have experience both developing and operating film, TV, sound-recording, or media production facilities, either as a single entity or a partnership between two or more entities. Proposal submission deadline is Friday, November 2, 4:00 p.m. EST. For more information and to download the RFP, visit: https://www.nycedc.com/opportunity/made-new-york-film-tv-and-sound-studio-bush-terminal-south-rfp
Presented in partnership with the Center for Communication, "Made in NY" Talks provide aspiring creators with rare access to top executives, producers, and journalists, who will share their valuable experience.
Admission to "Made in NY Talks" events is free, and attendees are encouraged to register on the Center for Communication website. The fall series includes the following events:
How to Make TV in NYC
Monday October 22, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The Big Apple has star power, New York City provides an urban landscape and creative energy that's unmatchable anywhere on the planet. Producers reveal the challenges and opportunities of working in NYC, the secrets of the development process from pitch to pilot, and where the jobs are.
Getting It Straight: How to Fight Fake News
Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication
With the rise of digital communication, social media has become a major source for the consumption of news and current events. Yet with click-bait headlines, anonymous sources, and the loose use of the term "fake news," trust in the news media is in decline. Hear from journalists at Bustle, Refinery29, and MSNBC discuss how their outlets are covering the news, how they decide what to cover, and their advice on how to wisely consume the news.
The Future of News is Audio
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Center
From "Today Explained" to "The Gist" to "The News" to "Still Processing," distributing the news has become much more innovative and bite-sized. Hear from journalists at BuzzFeed News, Slate, Vox Media, and WNYC talk about the process of news gathering, telling the same story for different platforms, and how they engage with their audience.
MADE IN NY SHOWS WIN 28 EMMY AWARDS
At the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, shows and television specials that were produced in New York City earned an impressive 28 Emmy Awards from 116 nominations.
Amy Sherman-Palladino made Emmy history as the first woman to win both the best comedy writing and best comedy directing awards for directing "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a Made in New York production.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: MADE IN NY PA GRADUATE
Rachel Marquez, a Cycle 49 graduate from MOME's "Made in NY" Production Assistant Training Program, has already found success in the industry. After working as an Art Director and Prop Master, she is now working as 2nd Props on "Study Abroad," a Chinese feature. Rachel is one of the 802 trainees who have graduated from the program, and 97% of graduates have been placed with work. Learn more about the program here.
SUPPORT OUR MADE IN NY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT STUDENTS
YouTube Space NY has a facility above Chelsea Market with various studios and equipment. The team at the Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program is working to gain at least 1,000 YouTube subscribers so that they can access this space for free in order to train students and provide this space to alumni. Many of the program's graduates are not only film career professionals, but also creative filmmakers in their own right. The Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program wants to supply the necessary tools for students to bring their projects to life, and having access to the YouTube Space NY would give them those tools.
Help them by subscribing now!
INVITING TEEN SONGWRITERS TO JOIN GUITAR MASH SONGWRITING CONTEST
The 2nd Annual #MyNYCSong contest gives young New York musicians a chance to show off their creativity, talent, and love for their hometown. Teen songwriters are invited to submit an original song about or inspired by any aspect of New York City that influences them, accompanied by a guitar, ukulele or keyboard.
Applicants aged 13 through 19 who reside in the five boroughs are invited to submit their original song by October 15 on the contest website, guitarmash.org/mynycsong.
10/15-10/25: FringeNYC Festival - Indie Convening
Envisioned as part Ted Talk, part SXSW, part Chautauqua, part "-CON" - the FringeNYC Festival's Indie Convening is a nightly gathering where the indie performance community comes together to discuss issues and ideas. In its inaugural year sponsored by MOME, the events are open to emerging artists and those starting their indie theatre career, members of the indie theatre community, and all audience members.
10/24-10/30 : NewFest
NewFest is an annual celebration of the best in LGBTQ film. At the end of the film festival, NewFest is hosting a number of free screenings in collaboration with the Department of Education and LGBT youth.
New "Made in NY" TV productions releasing soon:
- Blindspot, Season 4 (October 12, NBC)
- Daredevil, Season 3 (October 19, Netflix)
- Ray Donovan, Season 6 (October 28, Showtime)
Follow the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment on social media for the latest on our upcoming events, initiatives, and programs: Twitter: @MadeinNY, Facebook: @MadeinNY, and Instagram: @Madein_NY.