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Boardwalk Empire producer praises NY tax credit

"It is the New York State Production Credit programme that continues to be the main reason we locate our production in New York," said Boardwalk Empire producer Joe Iberti after the series won five Emmys at this week's award ceremony.

Iberti added that without the Empire State's tax credit scheme, HBO's prohibition era mobster drama "would not be filming in New York".

At the 65th edition of the Emmy awards occurred last week 'Made in NY' productions were honoured with 26 awards. Besides Boardwalk Empire, other major NY productions that won an Emmy were: Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report.

To date, 29 television series are joining the state's incentives programme.

Governor Cuomo said: "New York's entertainment industry is experiencing the most active and productive period in the State's history, and I look forward to welcoming more productions in the coming year to our great state."

On the financial side, it is estimated that series currently participating in the tax programme create 66,191 of new hires and generate $1.3bn of new expenditures to the state of New York.

"The city has truly become a TV town which means good-paying jobs for 130,000 New Yorkers and an industry tha contributes over $7bn to the local economy supporting thousands of small businesses citywide," commented Mayor Bloomberg.



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