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Tom Maiorano, Vice President, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Tom Maiorano June 2, 2008 - Since the passing of the ���Made in NY��� tax credit program in 2005, production in New York City has increased substantially. One of the challenges the city must face from this boom in production is the need to reconcile the requests of film shoots with the day to day lives of New York City residents. Tom Maiorano, Vice President at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is familiar with this situation. Anytime there is a film shoot at the Yard, productions coordinate with Maiorano. The Navy Yard, which has over 250 tenants and 3,500 employees, is a highly requested filming location due to its controlled environment ��� there is a limited population there consisting only of people who work in the area. For Maiorano, ���the bottom line is, ���What���s the interplay between the tenants and the shoot.��� Tenants are my first priority, but if it doesn���t affect them then we���ll make things happen.���

So, for those individuals or groups interested in shooting at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, what does Maiorano suggest they think about to get the location? ���What kind of shot is it? What���s the scope? Is it simple? What���s the duration? When is it going to happen? Ultimately, we need serious lead time to inform our tenants.��� If presented with answers to these questions, however, Maiorano and his team run a tight ship and can work with you. ���Our tenants and staff really rise to the occasion during a film shoot. Our front lines get stuff done.���

In terms of infrastructure, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has a lot of ���stuff��� happening at the moment. According to Andrew Kimball, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard DC, a significant portion of the Navy Yard���s expansion will be focused on the entertainment and media sector broken down to three phases. Phase 1 is the already completed Steiner Studios extension (Steiner is located in the Navy Yard). Phase 2 is the re-use of a 7-story, 250,000 square foot building adjacent to the studios. It will be redeveloped by Steiner to house long-term tenants, particularly animation, post production, editing services, etc. Phase 2 is currently under construction and should be completed in 24 months. Phase 3, which is still in developmental stages, is a proposed 20-acre media campus. ���The yard has an extraordinary amount of greenspace. It���s a natural backlot for film shoots.��� The expansion will likely include graduate school film and entertainment technology research programs relocating to the campus.

With so much happening around the yard, what���s the appeal for Maiorano to continue fostering more production in the area? ���I sort of fell into it,��� said Maiorano. I said ���Yeah. Sure. Fine. I���ll do it. But it���s been a nice diversion.��� Thanks to the number of shoots at the location, Maiorano has also gotten to meet some serious Hollywood heavyweights, including James Caan, Robert DeNiro, and Viggo Mortensen. ���I brought my daughters to meet Viggo. They couldn���t believe they were meeting Aragorn (Mortensen���s Lord of the Rings character). So I was good with them for two years.���

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Jennifer Lenihan, Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
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2011
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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


2010
Harriet Taub, Material for the Arts
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Marge Feinberg, DOE
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2009
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2008
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Sam Levy, Summer Play Festival
Wes French, General Services Administration
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Joan Cooney, South Street Seaport
Jeannine Marotta, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
Brooke Smy, Tishman Speyer
Elliott Kerman, Tax Credit Accountant


2007
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2006
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Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" PA
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Terry Lawler, New York Women in Film and Television
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2005
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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
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2004
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