NYC Seeks $300 Levy on once-free Film Permits
For the first time ever, television and film productions that come from all over the world to shoot in the city will have to pay for the City Hall permits that have always been free, a major change in policy that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration blames on budget woes.
Senior Bloomberg administration officials summoned representatives from Hollywood studios, advertising and labor unions on Tuesday to tell them about the proposed $300 fee for films, commercials, music videos and television series.
To be sure, $300 is a barely noticeable budget line in most multimillion-dollar television and screen projects, and most major cities – including Los Angeles, New York’s major film competitor – already charge permit fees. But the change is an about-face in policy for a city that has long prided itself on uniquely providing free permits and other perks to lure projects to shoot in the iconic Big Apple.