The smile on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s face stretched from ear to ear as he
and Ben Stiller traded compliments at a Manhattan bill-signing
Thursday, where the movie star thanked the governor for the state’s film
“The governor stood by the film and television industry over the last
eight years, supporting tax breaks and creating a lot of jobs —
hundreds of thousands of jobs — for people in the film industry,”
Stiller said, while seated next to Cuomo.
The comedian-turned-director recently filmed a cable miniseries about
the infamous 2015 jailbreak at the Dannemora prison, which features
Michael Imperioli playing Cuomo, a turn of events that Cuomo has
frequently joked about in recent weeks.
The Showtime drama was filmed on location upstate, which means the
tax credit program Stiller lauded will reimburse the producers for 40
percent of the production’s costs. Shoots inside New York
City have 30
percent of their costs covered.
The Empire State Development agency and governor’s office were not
immediately able to provide details on how much money Stiller’s
production might get back.
New York spends $420 million a year on subsidizing film and
television productions in the state, a program that critics blast as a
waste since New York television staples like “Saturday Night Live” benefit from the program, too.
I would consider voting for the person who would rescind the tax break for SNL in the hopes that the irrelevant unfunny show would move or end because of it.