An event celebrating the 100th episode of GOSSIP GIRL was held in New York City on Thursday. The show continues to contribute to the city's economy.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke of the show's contribution to the city's economy from Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, where the CW soap is filmed.
According to the mayor, last year New York City hosted 140 television shows and 188 films, and the TV and movie industry generated $5 billion in local economic activity.
"Ten years ago, only nine primetime series were based in New York," said the mayor, who gave much of the credit to the state's 30 percent tax break for filming in the state. "This season that number is up to 23, the most ever."
GOSSIP GIRL star Penn Badgley, who appeared at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the fall, wore a "We are the 99%" T-shirt today.