By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined members of the Long Island film industry to discuss the economic impact of filming on the local community.
Speaking to members of the Real Estate Institute, during their Winter Luncheon at the Milleridge Inn, County Executive Mangano said the local movie and television industry generated $144 million in economic benefit to the area in 2012 and employed nearly 2,000 people.
“Nassau County is quickly becoming the Hollywood East of the movie and television industry,” Mangano said, “We now have more filming days than four of the five New York City boroughs and regularly employ electricians, carpenters and artisans.”
The former Grumman property in Bethpage, is now home to two production companies and 9 sound stages that compete internationally for film and television production. Representatives from the two film studios – Gold Coast and Grumman – also spoke at the luncheon.
Last month, Carrie Underwood performed a live television broadcast of the Sound of Music on NBC from Grumman Studios. The most expensive motion picture in history – Spiderman 2 – was recently filmed in Bethpage as well and will be released next year. Projects in 2013 included: The Following, The Good Wife, White Collar, Royal Pains, the Blacklist, the Black Box, the Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire, the Americans, Zero Hour, Beware the Night, and numerous commercials, print shoots and videos, County officials said.
Mangano added that in order to continue growing jobs, he has also launched efforts to attract digital editing post production companies to Nassau.
“It is initiatives such as these that have strengthened our local economy and enable it to withstand the loss of a single company,” he said.