NYC seeks $300 levy on once-free film permits

(AP) - For the first time ever, television and filmproductions that shoot in New York City will have to pay forpermits that have always been free.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is blaming budget woes.

Senior Bloomberg administration officials on Tuesday toldrepresentatives from Hollywood studios, advertising and laborunions about the proposal.

The fee would apply to films, commercials, music videos andtelevision series shot in New York, such as the CBS drama "TheGood Wife."

Television projects would pay the fee at the start of everyseason. All other shoots would pay it once for the entire project.

Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting CommissionerKatherine Oliver says the city has no other choice.

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