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Marge Feinberg, Department of Education

Marge Feinberg September 1, 2010 - It’s back to school for over one million New York City public school students, and for film and television productions looking to film at any one of the 1,600 schools that make up the City’s public school system, their first call is Marge Feinberg, a deputy press secretary with the Department of Education.

“I help producers and scouts work with schools to meet their filming requests,” said Feinberg. “I also make sure the filmmakers and schools have proper documents signed, which include permits and location agreements.”

According to Feinberg, under this administration, rules and regulations are in place to ensure that schools can accommodate filming requests without intruding on the instructional time for students. Location agreements spell out the requirements and are signed by both the school and the producer.

“NYC is such a great location that there are plenty of productions requesting the use of our school buildings and administrative offices,” she said. Among the productions she’s recently worked with are “White Collar,” “Damages,” “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order SVU.”

“It is a great when a school and a producer can work together within our parameters,” she said. “I am appreciative that this happens more often than not.”

Something that might come as a surprise to the average filmmaker is that many of the school buildings that are numbered share the same number with schools in different boroughs. “We have a PS 14 in Staten Island, a PS 14 Queens and a PS 14 in the Bronx,” said Feinberg. “When a producer or scout calls up to see if a school is available to scout, they need to tell me which borough so that I can arrange a visit with the correct principal.”

DOE not only helps productions looking for a school to use as a location but it can also serve as a location itself. “If they are looking for an awesome shot of the NYC skyline as a backdrop, the roof of our Queens administrative office in Long Island City is just the place and has been used often,” she added.

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