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iW NEWS | Responding to Opposition, NYC Mayor's Office to Re-Draft Film Permit Rules

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 3, 2007 at 8:36AM

New York City's Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB) Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced today that her office will re-draft proposed new rules for filming and photography in the city. The announcement came on the final day of the current public comment period over the controversial rules that have generated national attention and considerable opposition in New York (see related indieWIRE story). In making the announcement, MOFTB indicated that a new public hearing and 30-day comment period will be scheduled and they reiterated that the original proposal of permit procedures came out of a settlement from a recent lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). "The goal is to maintain a safe environment for the public, while balancing the needs of filmmakers whose work may have a significant impact on pedestrian or vehicular use of public space," MOFTB said on Friday, in a statement. The initial rules, proposed back in late-May, generated increasing attention after a downtown protest one week ago; an online petition from Picture New York collected more than 31,000 signatures through this afternoon. "We are dedicated to fulfilling our obligation to create film permitting rules as mandated by the City Charter," said Commissioner Oliver, in a statement on Friday. "We appreciate the feedback and collaboration of the production community in the city, and look forward to revising our proposal." The entire MOFTB annoucement is available on their website. [Eugene Hernandez]
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New York City's Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB) Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced today that her office will re-draft proposed new rules for filming and photography in the city. The announcement came on the final day of the current public comment period over the controversial rules that have generated national attention and considerable opposition in New York (see related indieWIRE story). In making the announcement, MOFTB indicated that a new public hearing and 30-day comment period will be scheduled and they reiterated that the original proposal of permit procedures came out of a settlement from a recent lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). "The goal is to maintain a safe environment for the public, while balancing the needs of filmmakers whose work may have a significant impact on pedestrian or vehicular use of public space," MOFTB said on Friday, in a statement. The initial rules, proposed back in late-May, generated increasing attention after a downtown protest one week ago; an online petition from Picture New York collected more than 31,000 signatures through this afternoon. "We are dedicated to fulfilling our obligation to create film permitting rules as mandated by the City Charter," said Commissioner Oliver, in a statement on Friday. "We appreciate the feedback and collaboration of the production community in the city, and look forward to revising our proposal." The entire MOFTB annoucement is available on their website. [Eugene Hernandez]





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