Blizzard Causes New York City to Suspend Film Permits

THR Staff
The Hollywood Reporter
Blizzard Causes New York City to Suspend Film Permits

With a blizzard bearing down, New York City has suspended film permits for Saturday.

Among those whose permits have been pulled are productions affiliated with Fashion Week, including events by Hallensteins, Bloomingdale’s and Tommy Hilfiger. Additionally, a New York City viewing party for Sunday's BAFTA Awards has also been effected.

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As of Friday noon EST, the weather is rainy and windy, fairly miserable for pedestrians. About 15 inches of snow is expected to arrive in the city, with much of the damage happening during evening hours.

At the moment, the Broadway League says that that the show will go on for the theatrical community.

"As of now, all Broadway shows will play as scheduled," says Elisa Shevitz, director of communications at the Broadway League. "For information about returns and exchanges, theatregoers should contact their point of purchase."

The Grammy Awards, scheduled for Sunday night, also report no issues.

"We're good," says a spokesperson. "Most of our folks already are in town, and we're proceeding as planned."

Others are taking caution.

The AMC movie theater chain is shuttering more than a half-dozen locations in the Boston area, where snowfall could rise as high as three feet.

Still, at the moment, that's the exception.

Steiner Studios, the vast production facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Girls are filmed, was proceeding as scheduled on Friday. The studio – which has constructed a replica of Prohibition era Atlantic City for Boardwalk, weathered the more sever Hurricane Sandy intact.

Says studio chief Doug Steiner in a rather tongue-in-cheek statement on Friday, "Because of our unique micro-climate, we expect to be fully spared from the ravages of this storm as well."

The following projects have been impacted:

Chinese Food (student project)
Movement & Location
Bloomingdale’s Fashion Week
A Love Supreme
BAFTA Awards
Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Shoot