NBC’s summer series “America’s Got Talent” will be moving its home from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark to Radio City Music Hall in New York City for its upcoming eighth season.
The show’s relocation is predicted to create 500 jobs and bring $100 million in economic activity to the state each season it’s filmed in New York, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.“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,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
NBCUniversal said the network decided to move the show for creative reasons. But the New York Film Production Tax Credit made the move possible, the governor’s office said.
“We applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature for developing and advocating programs that attract investment and create jobs for New Yorkers,” Rick Cotton, NBCUniversal’s executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.
A change in eligibility for the tax credit in this year’s state budget targeted Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show,” the New York Daily News reported last month. Fallon’s NBC show will move back to New York from California.
It appears “America’s Got Talent” will also be eligible under the revamped tax credit, the Daily News reported.
“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 No. 1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults aged 18 to 49. It was the seventh straight year the show finished as the No. 1 summer series in total viewers.
Radio City Music Hall, which is located in the Rockefeller Center and opened in 1932, holds nearly 6,000 seats and has long been the home of the world-famous Rockettes.