From the Times Ledger:
Western Queens studio heads said they hope to keep the cameras rolling after a tax credit that has brought movies and television productions back to New York City in droves recently ran out of money.
Two of the city’s largest film and television studios are located in western Queens, including Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios and Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Alan Suna, chief executive officer of Silvercup, said two shows — “Gossip Girl” and “Ugly Betty” — are covered through their next season, which will begin shooting at the studio this spring. But the studio has not signed any new TV shows or movies, which could prevent Silvercup from moving forward on its massive $1 billion expansion project that would include eight soundstages, a waterfront pavilion and 1,000 apartment units.
Fringe, Damages and Life on Mars are among the TV shows are now considering a move to cheaper locations because of New York state’s stalled tax-incentive program for film and TV production.
Warner Bros. Television “is saying they will not stay here without a tax incentive,” said Beth Kushnick, the set decorator on Fringe.
Fringe spends $4 million on each episode, and employs more than 100 people.
The state tax-credit that brought production levels to a record high last year has run out of money, and film executives say legislators in Albany aren’t planning to decide whether to refund the program until the end of April. That may be too late.