New York City is giving a boost to its entertainment industry — and vice versa.
On Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city's media and entertainment commissioner, Katherine Oliver, announced five new soundstages at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
They'll be used for film, television and commercial production.
The mayor also announced grants to train New Yorkers for careers in production and digital fields.
The city's partnership with New York University's business school will now include an entertainment component.
The city also is requesting proposals for a "Made in NY" Media Center with affordable work space.
Bloomberg says that a decade ago, the city struggled to attract film production. Now, New York is a popular site for hundreds of films and television shows.
The productions help support over 4,000 local businesses.