Citing enhanced New York production tax credits approved in
the past couple of weeks as well as for creative reasons, NBC said Wednesday it
is moving production of season eight of America's
Got Talent to Radio City Music Hall. The show had been produced at the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center in Newark.
"We applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature for
developing and advocating programs that attract investment and create jobs for
New Yorkers," said NBCU executive VP and general counsel Rick Cotton.
The governor announced the move in his own release, saying
it would boost local businesses by $9.5 million.
The move follows the extension of the film and tax credit
program, with extra incentives to attract TV shows from other states.
NBCU said the move was made for creative reasons, but would
not have been made without the additional incentives.
The show will begin airing live from the venue twice a week starting July 23.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.