Television and Film

From Montauk to Buffalo, New York State is camera-ready and film-friendly

Crew from Modern Love on set in Capital District

New York State is one of the most dynamic film and television production centers in the world, boasting a strong infrastructure and robust economy

Photo Credit (left): Peter R. Barber/The Daily Gazette

New York State has it all – top-tier talent, crews, state-of-the-art facilities, competitive tax credits, and versatile locations that can double for anywhere in the world. New York has become an epicenter of innovative film and television creators, artists and companies – since 2011, film and TV production represents one of the fastest growing, and largest, sectors of the state’s economy. Not only is New York State a great place for Film and TV Production, but Film and TV Production is great for New York State.

The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV) is here to help guide filmmakers through the many programs and assets New York State offers to productions of all types, sizes and budgets, including: production, post-production and commercial tax credit programs; hundreds of soundstage facilities ; an online location library of more than 32,000 images; a statewide network of professionally staffed regional film offices; and many programs helping advance the next generation of diverse talent, including the New York State Multicultural Creativity SummitPITCHNY® and the New York Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program

As of June 15, 2021, the State has lifted COVID-19 restrictions for nearly all commercial settings. For current and archived COVID-19 guidance, please visit forward.ny.gov.

Multi-race actors including star Nicholas Pinnock in a courtroom scene with camera crew and boom operator in masks/face shields

The New York State Film Tax Credit Program brings jobs to NYS and offers the production industry one of the nation’s most strategic, stable, and successful production and post-production tax credits. Transparent, accessible, and fully refundable, these tax credits—including those for commercial production—are key factors in bringing productions to New York. Productions spend more than $9 across New York for every $1 in state incentives.
Photo Credit (right): ABC/Giovanni Rufino

PSA production shoot at Umbra Stages

New York is home to experienced talent and crew working on more than 300 soundstages in 120+ Qualified Production Facilities (QPFs), backed up by a network of local and regional film offices, specialized support services and one of the world’s largest industry-specific vendor bases. From pre-pro to final post, A-list actors to end credit animators, New York’s got everyone and everything productions need.

View of Lake Placid from Whiteface Mountain - Wilmington

If it’s in the script, it’s in New York State. From the bustling borough of Brooklyn to the 6-million-acre wilderness of the Adirondack Park, and everything in between—New York has a location for every look, every time period, every script. Starting with a 32,000+ image online location library, NYS helps productions find and secure the perfect spot.

Television and Film in New York State

 

Tax Incentives and Grants


New York State offers several programs to grow and incentivize the film and television industry in the form of tax credits, sales tax exemptions and grants to support workforce diversity, training and job creation.

New York State Film Tax Credit Program (Production)

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New York State Film Tax Credit Program (Post-Production)

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New York State Commercial Tax Credit Program

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Sales Tax Exemption

Find out which film production activities/expenses are exempt from New York State sales tax
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New York Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program

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Industry Contact

Yoni Bokser
Acting Executive Director, NYS Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development