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Production of The Post and The Greatest Showman Generated Over $108 Million for New York’s Economy

December 20, 2017

WASHINGTON – The production of Twentieth Century Fox’s The Post and Dreamworks’ The Greatest Showman together led to a $108 Million boost to New York’s local economy, according to recent data from the studio. These films hired more than 9,000 total local workers, who took home more than $75 million in wages.

“New York is one of our nation’s most iconic locations, home to some of the film and television industry’s legendary performances and scenes. I’m proud of our ongoing contribution to the local economy and support for so many workers and businesses in the state,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin. “The Post and The Greatest Showman demonstrate the incredible benefits film and television productions bring to local communities. I’m grateful the state legislature and Governor Cuomo understand this and continue to help make this happen.”

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has become a word class destination for film, and productions like The Greatest Showman and The Post fuel our local economies, contribute hundreds of millions of dollars and generate hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs each year,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. 

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) said, “Our nation’s entertainment industry and The Motion Picture Association of America should be thanked for their leadership in driving good-paying union jobs that pump millions of dollars into our local economy and helps hard working New Yorkers take care of their families. Governor Cuomo should also be commended for his stalwart leadership in this regard.”

The Post spent a month on location, contributing over $39 million to the local economy. A significant portion of the production spending benefitted a wide array of in-state businesses and industries. Key expenditures included:

  • More than $26.4 million on wages for local New Yorkers.
  • More than $9.9 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
  • More than $970,000 on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
  • More than $715,000 on hardware and lumber supplies.
  • More than $639,000 on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
  • More than $350,000 on lodging.

The Greatest Showman contributed over $69.5 million to the local economy and hired nearly 7,000 New Yorkers for the production, who took home more than $48.5 million in wages. Production also contributed to local in-state businesses and industries. Key expenditures included:

  • More than $15.3 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
  • More than $2.2 million on hardware and lumber supplies.
  • More than $1.7 million on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
  • More than $1.1 million on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
  • More than $488,000 on lodging.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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For more information, contact:

MPAA Washington, D.C.
Chris Ortman
(202) 293-1966
Chris_Ortman@mpaa.org