“America’s Got Talent” Finds New Home in Radio City Music Hall

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that NBC’s top-rated summer series “America’s Got Talent” is moving from its current location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, to Radio City Music Hall, one of the nation’s most storied and historic venues, for its upcoming eighth season. The relocation of the show to New York is estimated to create more than 500 jobs and result in more than $100 million in economic activity each season.

“Today’s announcement is further proof that New York is becoming the place to go for the film and television industry, creating new jobs for New Yorkers and spurring economic activity across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have the resources, the talented workforce, and the best venues, including the iconic Radio City Music Hall, which will be sure to inspire the contestants of ‘America’s Got Talent’ – and all the visitors who flock to see it.”

With the relocation of “America’s Got Talent,” it is estimated that visitors to New York in the live studio audience and the show’s contestants will spend about $9.5 million at local businesses.

The show’s move comes on the heels of the recently-passed extension of the State’s popular film and tax credit program. The extension includes new incentives to attract television shows produced in other states to New York to create jobs, spur tourism and generate new spending.

With the rise in movies and television shows filming in New York State since Governor Cuomo took office, the State is now being billed as “Hollywood East.” It is estimated that the 338 projects that have filmed or applied to the program during the Cuomo administration will result in over $5.2 billion in direct spending in New York.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the state’s television and film program is attracting new productions that are resulting in more investment in New York and more jobs for New Yorkers,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “We welcome ‘America’s Got Talent’ to their new home and look forward to its continued success.”

“We applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature for developing and advocating programs that attract investment and create jobs for New Yorkers,” said Rick Cotton, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for NBCUniversal.

NBC  Universal also said that while the move was made for creative reasons, it would not have been possible without the assistance provided by the recent extension and enhancement of the New York Film Production Tax Credit.

“America’s Got Talent” will air live from Radio City Music Hall twice a week, starting July 23. The 2012 edition of the show ranked as the #1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh-straight year the show finished as the #1 summer series in total viewers.

Radio City Music Hall, which is located in New York’s famed Rockefeller Center and opened in 1932, holds nearly 6,000 seats and has long been the home of the world famous Rockettes.

“There are few entertainment shrines in the world that are as venerated as Radio City Music Hall,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Many of America’s greatest performers have graced this legendary stage, and now ‘AGT’ will have the rare opportunity to discover greatness in this renowned venue. This move — coupled with the addition of Mel B and Heidi Klum joining our judges’ panel of Howie Mandel and Howard Stern — takes the show to a new and even more exciting level.”

The famed theater, which has been visited by millions of visitors from around the world, is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It has housed hundreds of events during its 81 years as one of New York’s most important landmarks and cultural centers, including many awards shows, the NFL Draft, Cirque du Soleil and several women’s pro basketball games.

Executive Producer Trish Kinane said, “We are delighted that season eight of ‘America’s Got Talent’ will come from New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. This venue has welcomed some of the best acts in the world, and ‘AGT’ will continue in that tradition by bringing exciting new performers to this legendary stage.”

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