Movies and Government
On a stormy June evening, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood inside a tent on the edge of Gracie Mansion. Despite the thunder and lightning, the mayor was all smiles as he shared the stage with such luminaries as Barbara Walters, Spike Lee and the Weinstein brothers. It was the eighth annual Made in NY Awards, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, or MOME (rhymes with “home”), and the event was ostensibly a time to celebrate those in the entertainment industry.
Apparently, that included Mayor Bloomberg.
“About four years ago, we had a little bump in the road, and I called our mayor,” Harvey Weinstein said, stepping up to the mic. “I said, ‘Things are a little topsy-turvy right now. People need jobs in California, but we don’t want to leave New York City.’ And the mayor, extremely busy as he was … got it done for us.”
As if a government official pulling strings for a high-powered movie executive somehow constituted a win for the little guy, Mr. Weinstein continued his anecdote, thundering: “The mayor’s there in a big way, and the mayor’s there in a visual way!”
You have a problem running an event when Mayor Mike is your most charismatic speaker. Such was the case at the opening press conference of the Tribeca Film Festival where he joined festival co-founders Bobby De Niro, Charlie Gargano and others to try out a few zingers, as witnessed by our Read More
It looks like Katherine Oliver, the fancy-footed commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Television, will be heading to the Cannes Film Festival after all. Things weren’t looking so good last week, when an e-mail from Ms. Oliver under the subject heading “URGENT PLEA” made the rounds asking for donations to help send Read More
It’s not quite tsunami relief, but Mike Bloomberg’s Commissioner of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting, Kate Oliver, is circulating an email to raise $30,000 for her own favorite charity: sending Kate Oliver to Cannes.
“The New York Production Alliance, is asking each of its member organizations to help us raise $30,000 to Read More
“Is that Nell’s?” a harried young man asked, standing on the north side of 14th Street near Eighth Avenue and pointing across the street at the awning of NA. Anticipating a fashion show that night, a fair number of low-grade scenesters were milling about in front of the nightclub that had indeed once been Nell’s Read More
Wednesday, Jan. 4
It’s starting to look a little ugly. Earnings are down, stocks are sinking and layoffs are on the rise. People are using the dreaded R-word with alarming frequency.
As the American economy slows, what does it portend for the world of television financial news? No development better signified the late-90′s stock-market Read More