(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
April 3, 2013 
Relocation of TV Show to Create More Than 500 Jobs and $100
Million in New Economic Activity Each Season in New York 
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
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. 
NBCUniversal 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
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
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