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Film, TV Industry Booming In Westchester, County Says

"The Girl on the Train" was one of many movies to film in Westchester.
"The Girl on the Train" was one of many movies to film in Westchester. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Lights, camera, Westchester.

Westchester County Executive Rob  Astorino announced Thursday that Westchester received more than $30 million in revenue from the film and TV industry in 2016, almost doubling the amount from two years ago. The revenue comes from 532 on-location production days in Westchester this past year, a 67 percent increase since 2014.

“Westchester’s film and TV industry is booming,” said Astorino. “These numbers show the popularity of Westchester as a backdrop for movies, television shows and commercials, as well as the importance of the film and TV industry to our local economy.”

In addition, the county also announced a 130 percent increase, from $526,454 in 2014 to $1,209,804 in 2016, in permit revenues collected by the county and local municipalities. 

“There are real economic benefits from working with the film industry,” said Jill Iannetta, director of special projects for the City of White Plains. “Location fees help when budgets are tight for local businesses, schools, and residents. What’s more, local residents seem to enjoy seeing productions. Filming in White Plains has been overwhelmingly positive for us.”

Westchester’s filmography is packed with big budget films, independent films, and critically acclaimed television and cable series. In 2016, productions filming in Westchester included:

“The Girl On The Train” (DreamWorks Pictures/Universal)

"The Affair” (Showtime)

“Divorce” (HBO)

“Homeland” (Showtime)

“Elementary” (CBS)

“The Americans” (FX)

“Mr. Robot” (USA Network)

“Madam Secretary” (CBS)

“Blind Spot” (NBC)

“The Blacklist” (NBC)

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