Headbutt-gate, an incident that is bringing the ongoing tensions between New Yorkers and street-clogging film sets to a boiling point, has grown big enough to warrant a statement from Mayor Bloomberg. And naturally, he is siding with the production assistant, and not Breffny Flynn, American Hero. With no mention of the concerns of the inconvenienced Upper West Side residents, Bloomberg told the Post, "Head-butting somebody just doesn't make a lot of sense. The real question is, do we want to have jobs for people so they can feed their family?" Not if those families are full of power-tripping peons who think they can tell us what side of the street to walk on!
New York State offers a 30% tax credit for qualifying film and TV crews, while the city offers its own 5% tax credit as long as crews build a set and shoot at least one day in the city, and "complete at least 75% of the total facility related expenses at a qualified facility." And though many believe the nearly constant presence of film crews has become a nuisance, Bloomberg says it's critical for the perpetually cash-strapped city. Fine, but how about requiring PAs to put a quarter into a jar for the city every time they don't say "please" or "thank you"?