Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver presented the seventh annual “Made in NY” Awards, honoring individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City’s entertainment and digital media industries. The 2012 “Made in NY” honorees include: Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer Robert De Niro; Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep; Academy Award, Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner Whoopi Goldberg; Emmy-winning actress and television host Kelly Ripa; award-winning media company radical.media, which develops, produces and distributes innovative content across all forms of media; and New York City-based Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
This year’s “Made in NY” Mayor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to actors and legendary husband-and-wife comedy team Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. The Mayor made the announcement at Gracie Mansion, where Raven-Symoné and the cast of the Broadway musical Sister Act performed. The musical, which received five Tony Award nominations, features an original score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and is currently playing at the Broadway Theatre.
“This has been a remarkable and record-breaking year for New York City’s entertainment and digital media industries, which are vital parts of our economic diversification strategy,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “More New Yorkers than ever before are taking advantages of the opportunities within these growing industries. Congratulations to all of the honorees, who are proof positive that when you’re Made in NY, you can make it anywhere.”
“Our City is home to some of the most talented people in the world, who are part of a creative community that continually amaze and impress us all,” said Commissioner Oliver. “It’s an honor to recognize these individuals and organizations tonight for all of their achievements as we celebrate the seventh annual ‘Made in NY’ Awards.”
Video profiles featuring intimate conversations with each of the honorees have been produced and are available to watch online at facebook.com/NYCMINY. The videos were created with the support of various guilds and studios, and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment wishes to thank the guilds, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Television and SOFA Entertainment for their assistance.