Empire State Development Announces 20 Major Network Series Will Film in New York State This Year

5 New and 15 Renewed Series Will Film Across the State

May 17, 2019

At Least 45 Series Including Streaming Services and Premium Cable Have Committed to Filming in New York State as of May 17

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that 20 major network series will film in New York State this year, including five new series. The announcements were made this week at the 2019 network upfronts, the presentations given by major networks to promote new and renewed series that will be part of their fall schedules. As of today, an additional 25 series distributed by streaming services, premium cable services or other broadcast companies have started filming or are confirmed to film in New York State. All series are participating in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The film and TV production and post-production industry supports tens of thousands of jobs in the Empire State every year, and the series that film in the state in 2019 will bring an economic boost to local businesses and communities across New York.”

In 2018, through the May upfront week, 20 major network series had committed to film in New York State. These 20 series generated $1.35 billion in New York State spending and 81,000 hires. In total, 203 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program last year, estimated to generate more than 211,300 new hires and $3.9 billion in new spending for New York State. For each dollar of production incentive credit ESD issued in 2017, productions spent an average of $4.50 in New York State. The film and TV industry has grown every year since the incentive program was created in 2004.

Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell said, “The Upfront announcements reinforce that New York is the go to destination for television and episodic content. It assures the continued growth of good paying jobs with good benefits that this industry provides.”

Silvercup Studios CEO Alan Suna said, “Silvercup Studios is excited that there will be so many new and continuing shows in New York. Getting the extension to the New York State Film/TV Tax Credit Program made all the difference. We are thrilled by all of the jobs this creates for New Yorkers and we are looking forward to a great future for New York’s booming film and television production industry.”

“I don’t know where else in the world you could find the wealth of talent and craft that The Good Fight depends upon as we enter into our fourth season,” said Brooke Kennedy, Executive Producer of The Good Fight for CBS.  “Completely made in NY!”

A list of the series is available here:

  • Evil (Produced by and distributed on CBS)*
  • Tommy (Produced by and distributed on CBS)*
  • FBI (Produced by and distributed on CBS)  
  • FBI: Most Wanted (Produced by and distributed on CBS)*
  • Madam Secretary (Produced by and distributed on CBS)  
  • Blue Bloods (Produced by and distributed on CBS)
  • Bull (Produced by and distributed on CBS)  
  • God Friended Me (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on CBS)
  • The Good Fight (Produced by CBS, distributed on CBS All Access)
  • Tell Me A Story (Produced by CBS, distributed on CBS All Access)


  • New Amsterdam (Produced by NBCU, distributed on NBC)  
  • Law & Order SVU (Produced by NBCU, distributed on NBC)
  • The Sinner (Produced by NBCU, distributed on USA)
  • Mr. Robot (Produced by NBCU, distributed on USA)
  • Manifest (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on NBC)
  • Blacklist (Produced by Sony, distributed on NBC)
  • Blindspot (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on NBC)
  • Prodigal Son (Produced by Warner Bros, distributed on Fox)*


  • For Life (Produced by Sony, distributed on ABC)*
  • Pose (Produced by Fox 21/Disney, distributed on FX)

* indicates new series.

About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development

The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.  

About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

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