Niagara Gazette — It’s estimated the film and television industry in this state accounts for 91,608 direct jobs and $8.2 million in wages. That includes both production and distribution-related jobs.
In 2011, more than 100 movies and 113 television series were filmed in the Empire State. Until now, the state has produced incentives including a 30 percent fully refundable tax credit on qualified expenses while filming in New York, certain sales tax exemptions and an up to 5 percent tax credit on investment in construction and upgrades to qualified production companies.
FULL COVERAGE: The embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to attract media attention around the globe. The Economist, a magazine with huge circulation in Europe and Asia, in addition to the U.S., features an article about the mayor in its current issue. On Thursday, Ford’s photo made the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
THE SCENIC ROUTE: The new guidebook “Waterways of War, The War of 1812,” by Steve Benson and RonToelke (Seaway Trails Inc., 72 pages, paperback, $14.95) provides an overview of the war across the Great Lakes and significant events tied to the present-day Seaway Trail, the byway route that includes the entire Lake Ontario and Niagara River shorelines and the Lake Erie shoreline in New York and Pennsylvania.
SHORT TRIP: “Medina’s Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration” is set for Nov. 30. The family oriented event features a wide range of entertainment, food, crafts, an elf contest, horse-drawn wagon-sleigh rides and a Festival of Lights parade (585-798-2421). It’s only about a 15-minute drive east of Lockport on Route 31.
TRIVIA QUIZ: (Answer to Thursday question) The original nickname of the 365-mile Erie Canal, linking Albany and Buffalo, was ‘Clinton’s Ditch,’ dubbed for New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828).Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.