Post New York Alliance (PNYA) Chair Yana Collins Lehman has been appointed to the New York City Film and Television Council, which reports to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Collins Lehman will join other industry professionals representing unions, production companies, sound stages, studios and trade organizations to promote economic development programs and policies in support of the film and television sector of the city’s economy. She will also serve on the Council’s Workforce Subcommittee, which will focus on expanding employment opportunities. The appointment was announced by Maria Torres-Springer, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Human Development.
Collins Lehman says she will use her new role to advocate for the post-production industry and raise awareness of her contribution to the local economy. “I’m excited to join the council and pursue initiatives that benefit post-production companies and the thousands of professionals who work in our segment of the industry,” she says.
PNYA has been very successful in supporting the postal industry in New York City and nationwide. It was a consistent vote for the inclusion of post-production and visual effects in the state’s film and television tax incentive program. It has also played a leading role in promoting diversity in post-production.
“The tax incentives have created many jobs and generated tremendous revenue for businesses across the state,” says Collins Lehman. “Additionally, through our collaborations with Reel Works, Made in New York’s PA training program and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, we have created an employment pipeline for groups who often did not have access to jobs in our industry.”
Collins Lehman hopes her work with the Film and Television Council will draw attention to post-production. “Post-production doesn’t always capture the attention that production gets, but we provide critical services to films and TV shows every day,” she notes. “Due in part to tax incentives, post-production has grown significantly in New York and continues to contribute to the economic vitality of the city and state.”
About the Post New York Alliance (PNYA)
The Post New York Alliance (PNYA) is an association of film and television postproduction facilities, unions, and postal professionals operating in New York State. PNYA’s goal is to create employment through: 1) expanding and improving the New York State Tax Incentive Program; 2) evolving the services offered by the New York post-production industry; and 3) creating pathways for a diverse talent pool to enter the industry.