WESTCHESTER – When Emmy Award nominations were handed out last Tuesday, Westchester County took a bow. Fourteen award nominations went to productions that filmed in the County during the past year.
County Executive George Latimer said: “These nominations spotlight our film-friendly communities and diverse locations. With our beautiful and spacious parks, historic Main Streets, rural landscapes and bustling urban areas we provide interesting backdrops for feature films, episodic shows, and commercials. Congratulations to all of the creative talent behind this year’s nominees; we’ll be rooting for you in September.”
Among the shows honored with nominations is the HBO Max comedy, “The Flight Attendant,” which features actress Kaley Cuoco as the airline employee whose life unravels after she wakes up in a hotel room next to a dead man with no memory of what happened the night before. The show received a nomination for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” with acting nods going to Cuoco and Rosie Perez. The show also received production design, casting, and directing nominations. Several scenes were filmed in Westchester, including at the Motel 6 in Elmsford, The Galleria in White Plains, and a private residence on Buckout Road in West Harrison.
This year’s nominees also include the Netflix drama, “Halston,” starring Ewan McGregor in the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity fashion designer. The show’s producers selected the W.B. Thompson Mansion (Alder Manor) in Yonkers as the backdrop for an episode set in Versailles, France. Additional scenes were filmed in White Plains.
Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “We’re thrilled about the nominations and seeing a real uptick in film activity in 2021. Westchester County is attractive to the industry because of our diversity of locations inside the New York film zone. We can also stand in for almost anywhere in the world and any point in time – as seen in one of this year’s nominees, ‘Halston.’”
Latimer added: “It’s a point of hometown pride to see our locations featured in award-winning productions. Film and television production is important to our regional economy. The nominations represent just a fraction of the success we have had with the film and television industry, which in 2019 generated $45 million in economic impact in Westchester.”
The 73rd annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will take place September 19th.