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"Made in NY" Awards

The "Made in NY" Awards celebrate excellence in New York City's creative community and recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City's entertainment and digital media industries.

2024 Awardee:

Made in NY Award alex borstein

Commissioner Pat Swinney Kaufman presented comedian, actress and producer Alex Borstein with the “Made in NY” award at the 44th annual NYWIFT Muse Awards. The Emmy-award winning actress is best known for her work on the critically-acclaimed and NYC-filmed Amazon Prime Video series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as the animated sitcom Family Guy.

2023 Awardee:

Made in NY Award Danielle Brooks

Former MOME Commissioner Anne del Castillo presented the “Made in NY” award to Danielle Brooks, in recognition of her career achievements on stage and screen and her ongoing efforts to portray strong characters, promote body positivity, and support women’s creative voices in NYC through the “Black Women on Broadway” organization which she co-founded, at the 43rd Annual New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) MUSE Awards luncheon.

2021 Awardee:

Made in NY Award Patina Miller

MOME's Commissioner, Anne del Castillo, presented the award to Patina Miller, the Award-winning actress and singer who starred as Deloris Van Cartier in the 2009 West End and 2011 Broadway productions of Sister Act, as well as the Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin, which earned her a Tony® Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

2020 Awardees:


MOME Commissioner del Castillo presented the awards to Awkwafina, the Golden Globe-winning actress, comedian, writer, and producer from Queens, and to Jeffrey Wright, the Tony-, Emmy-, AFI- and Golden-Globe-winning actor, philanthropist, and proud resident of Brooklyn. Both recipients have made significant contributions to our city during the pandemic. Awkwafina is donating some of her earnings to the Welcome to Chinatown grassroots initiative to support struggling businesses.

Wright founded Brooklyn For Life! which supports local businesses and serves meals to first responders, hospital workers and residents of public housing. The "Made in NY" Awards were established in 2006 to recognize people and organizations that make significant contributions to New York City's entertainment and digital media industries.

Awkwafina was honored at the New York Women in Film & Television's 41st MUSE Awards; Mr. Wright at the 30th annual IFP Gotham Awards.

2019 Awardees:

"Made in NY" Honoree Jason DaSilva

"Thank you Mayor de Blasio, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and Commissioner del Castillo for this great honor," Jason DaSilva said. "Receiving a 'Made in NY' award confirms that I am headed in the right direction and I am grateful to be supported by the industry and New York City, the only place where I can get the 24/7 care I need while pursuing my filmmaking career."

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"Made in NY" Honoree Caroline Hirsch

"I am honored and humbled to receive the 'Made in NY' Award from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment," said Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. "I've been doing business in this great city for more than 35 years — from running my comedy club and producing the comedy festival to launching a production company to produce film and television projects — and to be recognized by the Mayor's Office for my contributions to the arts and culture in New York City is a tremendous privilege and something I will always treasure."

2018 Awardees:

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"Made in NY" Honoree Terry Lawler

"I'm truly honored to be receiving the Made in NY Award at the Muse Awards this year," said New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director Terry Lawler. "After 21 years with NYWIFT, I couldn't imagine a better way to complete my hugely satisfying tenure as Executive Director."

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"Made in NY" Honoree Sandra Lee

"I feel honored and blessed to be given the 'Made in NY' award at this year's Gotham ceremony," said Sandra Lee. "New York City inspires me every day and is a gift to us all. I made my documentary short film to help anyone who is, has or will deal with a cancer diagnosis. My hope is that this recognition will fuel the flame of awareness for those diagnosed as well as their families so they may now have the tools and insights I did not."

2017 Awardees:

MOME Spotlight Award Alysia Reiner

"Made in NY" Honoree Alysia Reiner

"I grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan, I live in Harlem now and I feel blessed beyond measure to make a living as an artist, and to do so in this city," said Alysia Reiner. "There is always some magical piece of art being made here. This city defines grit and perseverance. We are a group of humans who get back up, help the next person up, hopefully learn, and definitely tell a really funny story about it."

"Made in NY" Honoree Michael Kenneth Williams (Video by Jamie Stuart)

Audio Description: "I'm overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude for being given the Made in NY award. The city is and will continue to be an intrinsic part of who I am both personally and as an entertainer." - Michael Kenneth Williams

MOME Spotlight Award

MOME created the Spotlight Award to illuminate excellence in the film, TV, music, publishing, digital content, and advertising sectors. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the growth of NYC's thriving media and entertainment industries.

2017 Awardees:

Nasir "Nas" Jones

Nas spotlight award

"I'm really honored by this award. Anyone who knows me, knows what New York City means to me and this is special because of that connection. I want to send a special thank you to the Mayor's office, Lucian and Michele." - Nasir "Nas" Jones

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Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers

"I am honored to receive The Spotlight Award from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. New York is a perfect place for me to film a show, not just because of the talented community of professionals who make it what it is, but also because I live here and if we filmed somewhere else my commute would be too long." - Seth Meyers

Greg Young and Tom Meyers, "The Bowery Boys" podcast

Previous winners include:

Previous winners include:


Michael Kenneth Williams

Alysia Reiner


Aziz Ansari

Judith Light


Steve Buscemi

Neil Patrick Harris


Albert Maysles

Stanley Nelson

Rosie Perez

Producers Guild of America

Jane Raab


Alan Cumming

Heidi Klum

Spike Lee

Audra McDonald

Sheila Nevins


Barbara Walters


Robert DeNiro

Whoopi Goldberg

Radical Media

Kelly Ripa

Meryl Streep


Anne Meara/Jerry Stiller


Matt Damon


John Leguizamo

Sidney Lumet


Stacy Spikes

Lauren Zalaznick


Angela Lansbury

Saturday Night Live

HSI Productions

Lee Daniels

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

WFT Productions


Edie Falco

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Gerry Byrne

Hungry Man

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

Sesame Street


Jessie Martin

Rachael Ray

Robert Greenberg

Michelle Byrd

Theatre for a New Audience


Tina Fey

Kevin Breslin

Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot

The New Victory Theatre

Warrington Hudlin


Noah Baumbach

Joe Benincasa

Marcia Gay Harden

Kamaria Alvy Johnson

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Matthew Miller

Tamara Tunie