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Industry Star of the Month

Alberteen Anderson, MTA

Alberteen Anderson January 30, 2004 With over 722 track miles and 468 subway stations, the New York City subway system is a goldmine of locations for any feature film, television series, documentary or commercial. Alberteen Anderson, Deputy Director, Community Relations and Special Events for the MTA New York City Transit, is the first and last stop on any production���s journey toward shooting inside the City���s subterranean network.

Ms. Anderson handles 50 requests per day for use of the Authority's trains, platforms, MetroCard booths and stairwells which can require coordination with multiple transit offices ��� and the results of her expertise can be seen on television series such as Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch and the Sopranos. On the film side, she���s pulled off scenes for the recent features Stay, Taxi and Men in Black 2 ��� but Money Train remains one of her most ambitious projects.

Using the skills of every major transit department from the Treasury to the car equipment personnel who custom-built trains at the Coney Island maintenance facility for the film, Money Train shot in 5 separate subway stations, changing the set dressing to create the impression of several different stations. One of the production���s most memorable scenes was shot in the former subway station at the Times Square NYPD Recruiting Station, when Wesley Snipes' character rode down the escalator on a motorcycle in pursuit of a transit cop run amok, played by Woody Harrelson. The Director of Photography was hoisted in the air and remained directly in front of the motorcycle during the entire scene, as it roared into the station.

Regardless of the scene's complexity, the request procedure is generally the same. Each production needs to submit a letter of intent with a description of the scene which outlines their needs, and all productions using Transit property are required to take out liability and railroad insurance policies of at least $2 million each. The ideal times for production companies to work in Manhattan is after 7PM, though in most areas of the outer boroughs crews can work all day. The more advance notice, the better. "When you have more lead time you're able to do everything they want and it just runs so much more smoothly," says Anderson. A perfect example is CBS' "Early Show," which had selected a location near a stairwell and token booth in the Times Square station for a live broadcast. Due to their advance notice, Anderson was able to suggest a better location option near the Shuttle on the Times Square side with a Lichtenstein painting in the background. It was the show's first broadcast from a subway station and resulted in its highest ratings ever.

The can-do approach of Anderson and her team translates into superior celluloid, repeat production business for the City and a positive reputation for the MTA NYC Transit - both Phard Jeans and Brooklyn Gum recently flew in from Italy to shoot commercials in the subway. The education aspects of her job though, have been particularly rewarding. "I've met a lot of nice, interesting people, and learned a lot. I've had good teachers from the MTA NYC Transit, good teachers in the film industry. You need to learn, and have fun on your job," says Anderson.

Congratulations to Alberteen Anderson, our Agency Star of the Month ��� for keeping production moving around the City!

Industry Star

Margarita Acevedo, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
John Battista, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park
Steven Holtzman, Canal Creatures Productions

Jennifer Lenihan, Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Lynne Meadow, Manhattan Theatre Club
Thomas O'Donnell, Local 817
Katy Finch, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Meredith Conti, Grand Central Terminal

Gino Lucci, Picture Cars East
Habibah Ali-Love, OFTB
McCord Fitzsimmons, Former OFTB Intern
Lis Pearson, New York Public Library
Veronica Miles, EcoSet
Lisa Rubin, Hudson River Park Trust
Mari Jo Winkler, PGA Green
Michael Super, Coney Island, Parks and Recreational Manager
Caroline Stephenson, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Lisa Lucas, Tribeca Film Institute

Harriet Taub, Material for the Arts
David Moy, OFTB
Fred Cerullo, Grand Central Partnership
Marge Feinberg, DOE
Nate Grove, Marinas
Frank Gribbon, FDNY
Jeffrey Sangrund, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Javonne Parker, Staten Island Ferry
Justin Green, Build It Green! NYC
Tom Ross, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Eric Peterson, Randall's Island
Connie Fitzgerald, Department of Environmental Protection

Joey Violante, Technicolor
Stephanie Argamaso, OFTB
Vito Turso, DSNY
Elizabeth Rapuano, Governor's Island
Estelle Cooper, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Alvah Holmes, Former MOFTB Intern
Dana Kuznetzkoff, Line Producer
Eva Radke, Film Biz Recycling
Karen Meyerhoff, Guggenheim
Meredith Rothstein, Roseland Ballroom
Charlotte St. Martin, The Broadway League

The Artists Company
Celina Sze, OFTB
Sharon Jensen, The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
Terence Gray, New York Television Festival
Sam Levy, Summer Play Festival
Wes French, General Services Administration
Tom Maiorano, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Joan Cooney, South Street Seaport
Jeannine Marotta, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
Brooke Smy, Tishman Speyer
Elliott Kerman, Tax Credit Accountant

Matthew Kania, Assistant Location Manager
Lieutenant Joe Lassen, Movie/TV Unit
In Memoriam - Nancy Littlefield
Ivory Henderson-Robb, Department of Transportation
Jack Powers, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Robin Forst, Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center
Kitty Preston, CUNY Locations
Liz Carollo, Greenmarket
Donna Masly, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Sean Jones, New York City Department of Corrections
Sheila Greene, NYCHA

Ralph Musolino, Parks and Recreation
Rick Cotton, NBC Universal
Joe Fontao, Location Manager
Gretchen McGowan, HDNet Films/Open City Films
Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance
Erika Feldman, Theatre Row
Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" PA
Denise Motta, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Terry Lawler, New York Women in Film and Television
Monty Ross, 40 Acres and a Mule

Pat White, Local 764
Michelle Byrd, Independent Feature Project
Matt Miller, AICP
Kyle McCarthy, MTA Metro-North
Jeannette Pinero, Department of Correction
Bambi Brook, Dawn Animal Agency
Andy Nagy, NYCHA
Juan Rosario, HPD
James J. Claffey, Jr., IATSE Local One
Mac Brown, Producer
Cheryl Hodge, VTU
Llewellyn Wells, Executive Producer
Lawrence Major, Parks and Recreation

Ken Konfong, Economic Development Corporation
Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Producer
Caroline Baron, FilmAid International
Thomas O'Donnell Sr., Local 817
Drew Jiritano, Special Effects Coordinator
Carla Rajj, Location Manager
Al Cerullo, Film Pilot
James Lauer, FDNY
Dan Mercado, Parks and Recreation
Rebecca Seale, DCAS
Alberteen Anderson, MTA
Joseph Ellis, NYPD
Peter Basich, DOT
Richie Silverman, NYPD