Hurricane Sandy Fallout: Superstorm Shuts Down New York’s Entertainment Industry

  @christopherzarac.zara@ibtimes.com on October 30 2012 7:31 PM

 

With millions of Northeast residents assessing the damage from Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, New York’s entertainment industry is counting itself among the casualties.

The storm has shut down much of the industry, affecting not just stir-crazy entertainment seekers but also the city’s 130,000 workers employed by the industry. And with Mayor Bloomberg estimating that subway service may not be restored for another four to five days, options on both sides are going to be undeniably slim.

All 40 Broadway theaters remain closed through Tuesday, according to a statement released by Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League. The trade organization said it expects shows to reopen on Wednesday. The same holds true for most off-Broadway events. Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Met Opera and city museums are all closed as well.  

The picture is very much the same for cinema, with AMC reporting that all of its movie theaters in the area are closed until at least Wednesday. The loss in ticket sales, which carried over from the weekend as residents were preparing for the storm, is likely to cost the movie industry millions of dollars, with one analyst telling AP that he estimated a decline of 11 percent from the same period last year.  

As for industry workers on the other side of the camera, they shouldn’t expect to go on any location shoots for the next few days. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment issued a statement Tuesday saying that no film permits will be issued for outdoor filming until at least Thursday.  

The Los Angeles Times reported that production was halted on two films starring Russell Crowe: Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale.” Additionally, according to the Times, production on at least nine TV shows has grinded to a halt, including “Elementary,” “Gossip Girl,” Person of Interest,” “666 Park Avenue” and “The Following.”

Some big-media hubs have shut down as well. According to Hollywood Reporter, Time Warner’s headquarters at Columbus Circle are closed, as are the New York offices of NBCUniversal.

Still, not all New York entertainment workers are letting Sandy slow them down. As was much reported Tuesday morning, both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped their late-night talk shows on Monday without audiences. (Conversely, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert canceled Tuesday night tapings.) Morning shows such as “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show and “CBS This Morning” aired live on Tuesday to provide storm coverage.

And “Saturday Night Live,” whose host this week is the comedian Louis C.K., is expected to put on a new show on Saturday as scheduled. Because it wouldn’t be New York City without it.

For more information, entertainment workers and audiences are encouraged to visit the Office of Media and Entertainment’s website at nyc.gov/film

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