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Boardwalk Empire wins biggest NY film incentive

Prohibition-era gangster drama Boardwalk Empire got New York’s biggest filming incentive payment this year, securing nearly $20m.

Boardwalk Empire is set in 1920s and 30s Atlantic City in New Jersey but filmed largely in New York’s Steiner Studios throughout its five-season run.

Clive Owen's TV drama The Knick (pictured), set in Brooklyn’s Knickerbocker Hospital at the start of the last century, claimed the number two spot with $16m, according to the report from the Gannett media organisation.

In total, New York State paid out tax credits worth just under $110m to around 70 films and TV shows between January and September this year.

Other big shows included Cold War spy series The Americans, which claimed $10.5m, and social drama The Affair, which was awarded $8m.

“New York State is attracting projects from across the country and around the world, resulting in a thriving production and post-production industry,” said Jason Conwall, a spokesman for Empire State Development, in comments to Gannett.

Half of the productions shot in New York State this year filmed outside New York City, Conwall added, spending $31m across the state.

Marvel Television’s latest drama series, the New York-filmed Jessica Jones, recently made its debut on Netflix and the studio praised the city as a film-friendly location.

For more on filming in New York, see our production guide.