Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and Jane Rosenthal, film producer and co-founder of Tribeca Film Institute, discuss strategy for bringing the film business back to New York City. The talk is moderated by Willie Geist, Co-Host of Morning Joe, MSNBC; Co-Anchor, The Today Show.
Willie Geist is co-host of NBC’s “Today” 9 a.m. hour and the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He is also a contributor to NBC News programs and to the NBC Sports Group, where he reports for NBC Olympics and NBC Sports Network. In addition to his television duties, Geist hosts the video blog “Zeitgeist” on nbcnews.com.
Katherine L. Oliver served as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in New York City from 2002-2013. During that time, New York’s film and television industry saw its strongest growth in history. Strategic initiatives such as the Made in NY marketing and branding program generated direct spending of $7.1 billion annually, an increase of more than 50%, and saw jobs climb to an all-time high of 130,000.
Ms. Jane Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading producer with a roster of both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films as well as co-founding Tribeca Productions in 1988 and Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 with partners Craig Hatkoff and Robert De Niro. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted more than 3.7 million visitors and generated over $750 million dollars in economic activity for lower Manhattan. Ms. Rosenthal also co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute, an instrumental resource for filmmakers and arts education, with programs that reach over 16,000 New York City students.
Tribeca Film Festival founder Jane Rosenthal and New York City film commissioner Katherine Oliver discuss the popularity of NYC-based shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Law&Order and how the city was made for TV and movies.