This groundbreaking report details specifics on the film and television industry's significance and contribution to New York City's economy. In 2019, the industry supported in total approximately 185,000 jobs, $18.1 billion in wages, and $81.6 billion in total economic output. Over the past fifteen years, direct jobs in the NYC television and film industry have grown at an annual rate of 3%, outpacing the city’s overall rate of 2%.
The study, conducted with BuroHappold Cities Consulting and 3X3 Design, calls attention to the vibrance of the small theater community, and offers an in-depth portrait of the size, makeup, location, overall cultural importance and economic impact of the sector; as well as the challenges the industry is facing. The study found 748 venues and organizations, responsible for $1.3B in economic output, 8,400-plus full-time jobs and $512M in wages. Full study results are available here.
The study, conducted with Freelancers Union and Upwork, launched in part to inform work at Freelancers Hub, the first City-funded effort providing dedicated coworking and training to freelancers, estimates that 1.3 million workers have performed freelance work in the past 12 months with 29% saying they freelance full-time, 50% part-time, and 20% as supplemental income to other traditional full-time work. The estimated annual economic impact of this freelance work is $31.4 billion in earnings. Full study results are available here.
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The report – conducted by The North Highland Company, Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ES), and Urbane Development – defines nightlife as activity occurring between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. in five key subsectors – Food Service, Bars, Arts and Culture, Venues, and Sports and Recreation. The report found that the nightlife sector is growing faster than the rest of the local economy, with nightlife-related jobs and wages growing at annual rates of 5 and 8% respectively, as compared to 3 and 4% in the city overall.
In February 2018, the NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment partnered with WNYC and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University to convene an off-the-record roundtable discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities of local journalism. The half-day roundtable and report address three major questions:
Entitled Voice and Visibility: How New York City Filmmakers Changed the Narrative of Marginalized Groups On and Off Camera, this reports exams four NYC neighborhoods and their cinematic contribution and history. Interviews with prominent figures in the City’s film scene describe the ongoing influence of diverse cinema in the five boroughs.
This report establishes New York City as the epicenter of the podcasting industry with explosive growth in podcasts and 33 percent job growth.
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This report analyzes the economic impact of NYC’s vibrant ecosystem.
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This report, completed in April 2015, serves as an update to our 2012 publication. The report analyzes the development and growth of NYC media in the period 2012 through 2014, by once again examining different subsectors and identifying the latest trends that have shaped and will continue to shape NYC's media and digital media sectors.
Over the past 12 years, the City of New York's film and television production industry has grown exponentially, along with an exploding and thriving technology sector. The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is taking a look back to reflect on the initiatives, programs, people and events that have turned "Made in NY" into a local phrase. The 2013 Report presented by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is a 37 page booklet and video series that will show why film and television, technology, and Broadway are major economic engines for New York City.
The Boston Consulting Group released a study in May 2012 that aims to analyze the development and growth of New York City's media and entertainment industries by examining different subsectors and identifying the main trends that have shaped and will continue to shape the City's media and digital media sectors. According to the report, New York City's film sector is the strongest in its history, generating a direct spend of $7.1 billion in 2011, an increase of over $2 billion dollars since 2002. The sector now employs 130,000 people, an increase of 30,000 jobs since 2004.
The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting conducted a survey to investigate the awareness of the "Made in NY" program, and city residents' thoughts on filming throughout New York City's five boroughs.
The Boston Consulting Group released a study in June 2000 which found that television, film and commercial production contributed $5 billion in direct spending and more than 70,000 jobs to the New York City economy in 1999. Taking into account pre-production, post-production and studio work not counted in the city's numbers, this study concluded that the total impact of production on the city's economy was double the amount of location shooting alone.
In March 2001, The Department of Commerce issued the final version of a report entitled "The Migration of U.S. Film & Television Production," which takes a well-assessed look at the effects on the U.S., of competition for film and television work coming from various countries. The effects on New York City, which is included in the report as the second largest production center in the U.S., can be found starting on pages 25 and 35. New York City offers some of the most extensive economic incentives in the country, including free permits, free locations, free police assistance and zero sales tax on production consumables.