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North Hempstead increases fees for film and television producers

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman (in shorts) shoot

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman (in shorts) shoot a scene for their movie, "This Is Where I Leave You" in Munsey Park, located in the Town of North Hempstead, on May 22, 2013. The town passed new laws to keep residents informed about local film and TV shoots. Credit: Tara Conry

North Hempstead has increased some film fees as demand soars from producers.

In addition to the town's $500-a-day permit fee, the board approved a $500 fee to host large staging areas called "base camps," a $100 hourly fee to film at town facilities and discounted fees for students.

The town board unanimously approved the fee changes at its Aug. 11 board meeting.

"Because there's been a greater demand for filming in the town for much larger productions -- TV shows and feature films -- their footprint is large," said Kim Kaiman, executive director of the Business and Tourism Development Corp., which manages filming townwide.

The town collected a record $86,000 in film and television revenue in 2014 after changes to the town's fee structure in 2012. The town has received more than $33,000 so far this year, officials said.

Kaiman said while the town has not had trouble with student productions, there is always a possibility that unpermitted "guerrilla" productions will arise. Imposing a student fee is a way to "bring everyone into the fold legally," she said.

"When they see that $500 permit fee, they freak out, they are students," Kaiman said. The student fee is discounted 90 percent, to $50.

The town also approved a 70 percent discount for nonprofits and religious organizations, as well as a 100 percent discount for governments, which could produce public service announcements.

In Oyster Bay, fees are $350 to $500 a day, and in Hempstead Town, $450 to $600 a day. Huntington Town has fees of $500 a day. North Hempstead has seen interest from "The Good Wife" on CBS, "The Affair" on Showtime and "Red Oaks" on Amazon.

New fees include a $50 hourly charge for additional staff and security to handle productions. The town passed rules in July to ensure residents and town board members are notified of productions.


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