(WNY News Now) – New York State agencies, responding to ratified agreements from SAG-AFTRA and WGA, receive directive from Governor Kathy Hochul to fast-track permitting and approval processes, aiming to revive the state’s film and television production swiftly.
New York, N.Y. – In an effort to rejuvenate New York’s vital film and television production sector, Governor Kathy Hochul has instructed over 30 state agencies to accelerate the approval and permitting procedures. This directive follows the recent resolution of strikes and subsequent contract ratifications by major industry unions, SAG-AFTRA and WGA.
“It’s critical that workers in all industries are fairly paid for their labor,” Governor Hochul said. “Now that the strikes are over, I am directing all relevant state agencies to fast-track approvals and permitting so that actors, writers and the dedicated middle-class professionals of this industry can get back to work.”
The film and television industry, contributing significantly to the state’s economy, generated over $9 billion in GDP annually and created more than 65,000 jobs in the previous year alone. Governor Hochul’s mandate, delivered through the Executive Chamber, emphasizes the importance of expediting processes by December 11, focusing on marketing state-owned properties, providing transparent cost structures, and facilitating efficient communication channels for production requests.
Recognizing the industry’s impact on local economies, the state aims to support businesses by ensuring accessibility to state properties and services. The emphasis is on maintaining transparent fee structures, expedited permits, and establishing a dedicated point of contact within each agency to handle production-related queries.
New York State’s film and TV production industry, crucial to the economy, is anticipated to receive a significant boost following the resolution of union issues. The sector, known for providing high-paying jobs and robust benefits, has added over $18 billion in Real GDP and created more than 131,000 direct jobs in the years 2021 and 2022, according to recent independent evaluations. The industry’s impact extends beyond direct employment, benefiting caterers, hospitality workers, and small businesses, contributing to the economic fabric of local communities.