New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today visited the set of ABC’s period drama Pan Am at Steiner Studios, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to trumpet the record 23 TV series being filmed in New York City this season. “A show like Pan Am employs 400 people behind the scenes and generates activity for our local economy at places like lumberyards, fabric stores and coffee shops,” he said. “We’re working to strengthen and diversify New York City’s economy and create jobs, and our thriving entertainment industry is a prime example of those efforts paying off.” The city’s entertainment industry adds more than $5 billion to the economy annually, with an estimated 100,000 New Yorkers working in the business. New York also hosts 140 news programs, talk shows and reality series, and last year 200 films were shot on location there. During today’s press conference, Bloomberg was joined buy NY Media & Entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver and Steiner Studios chairman Douglas Steiner, among others.
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