Made in NY Awards

MOME Spotlight Award

MOME created the Spotlight Award to illuminate excellence in the film, TV, music, publishing, digital content, and advertising sectors. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the growth of NYC's thriving media and entertainment industries.

2017 Awardees:

Nasir "Nas" Jones

Nas spotlight award

"I'm really honored by this award. Anyone who knows me, knows what New York City means to me and this is special because of that connection. I want to send a special thank you to the Mayor's office, Lucian and Michele." - Nasir "Nas" Jones

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Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers

MOME Spotlight Award

"I am honored to receive The Spotlight Award from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. New York is a perfect place for me to film a show, not just because of the talented community of professionals who make it what it is, but also because I live here and if we filmed somewhere else my commute would be too long." - Seth Meyers

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Greg Young and Tom Meyers, "The Bowery Boys" podcast

Made in NY Awards

The "Made in NY" Awards celebrate excellence in New York City's creative community and recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City's entertainment and digital media industries.


MOME Spotlight Award Alysia Reiner

"Made in NY" Honoree Alysia Reiner

"I grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan, I live in Harlem now and I feel blessed beyond measure to make a living as an artist, and to do so in this city," said Made in NY Award Recipient Alysia Reiner. "There is always some magical piece of art being made here. This city defines grit and perseverance. We are a group of humans who get back up, help the next person up, hopefully learn, and definitely tell a really funny story about it."

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"Made in NY" Honoree Michael Kenneth Williams (Video by Jamie Stuart)

Audio Description: "I'm overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude for being given the Made in NY award. The city is and will continue to be an intrinsic part of who I am both personally and as an entertainer." - Michael Kenneth Williams

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Previous winners include:

Previous winners include:



Michael Kenneth Williams

Alysia Reiner


Aziz Ansari

Judith Light


Steve Buscemi

Neil Patrick Harris


Albert Maysles

Stanley Nelson

Rosie Perez

Producers Guild of America

Jane Raab


Alan Cumming

Heidi Klum

Spike Lee

Audra McDonald

Sheila Nevins


Barbara Walters


Robert DeNiro

Whoopi Goldberg

Radical Media

Kelly Ripa

Meryl Streep


Anne Meara/Jerry Stiller


Matt Damon


John Leguizamo

Sidney Lumet


Stacy Spikes

Lauren Zalaznick


Angela Lansbury

Saturday Night Live

HSI Productions

Lee Daniels

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

WFT Productions


Edie Falco

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Gerry Byrne

Hungry Man

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

Sesame Street


Jessie Martin

Rachael Ray

Robert Greenberg

Michelle Byrd

Theatre for a New Audience


Tina Fey

Kevin Breslin

Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot

The New Victory Theatre

Warrington Hudlin


Noah Baumbach

Joe Benincasa

Marcia Gay Harden

Kamaria Alvy Johnson

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Matthew Miller

Tamara Tunie