Film-Friendly Locations Propel Success in Emmy, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice, and Directors, Producers, and Screen Actors Guild Awards and Nominations

In a testament to its growing prominence in the entertainment industry as a film destination, Westchester County is well-represented this awards season, with several shows filmed within its borders garnering 56 Emmy Award nominations and notching nine wins in Monday night’s ceremony. The industry bestowed additional acclaim on productions filmed here with honors at last week’s Golden Globes and with recent honors from the prestigious Critics Choice Association, and Screen Actors, Producers and Directors Guilds.

County Executive George Latimer said: “The film industry's impact on Westchester is undeniable. A driving force for investment, film production is a $1.1 billion sector in Westchester. It showcases our assets, creates jobs, supports local vendors, and attracts audiences here and around the world.”

HBO’s “Succession” swept awards this year, scoring six Emmys, including outstanding drama and best writing in drama for show creator, Jesse Armstrong; four Golden Globes, including best drama, and three Critic’s Choice Awards. The series is set in New York City and in locations around the world, but the production filmed several episodes in film-friendly Westchester County. The shocking episode centering on the death of patriarch Logan Roy features scenes filmed at Westchester County Airport.

The long-running Amazon Prime show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” filmed at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle for its last season. The comedy earned two Emmy awards, for period makeup and cinematography. This year’s winners also include the Hulu murder mystery, “Only Murders in the Building,” which filmed at the Westchester County Records Center. The series received an Emmy for outstanding production design and a Critic’s Choice award for acting for star Meryl Streep.

Notably, Alchemy Post Sound, a post-production sound studio in Peekskill, took home a Creative Arts Emmy for its sound editing work on “The Bear” (FX).

Additional productions that earned award nominations this season include:

  • “The Watcher” (Netflix), filmed at a private home and country club in Rye
  • “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS), films regularly and extensively throughout Westchester
  • “The Other Two” (HBO), filmed at Haven Studios NY in Mount Vernon
  • “White House Plumbers” (HBO), filmed in the Michaelian Building in White Plains, Purchase College, Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle; and the Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown
  • “Poker Face” (Peacock), filmed at the former IBM campus in Somers
  • “The Gilded Age” (HBO), filmed at Lyndhurst, Glenview Mansion/Hudson River Museum, Manhattanville College, Jacob Purdy House, Pace University, and more
  • “Maestro” (Netflix) filmed in Rye
  • “The Crowded Room” (Apple TV+), filmed at Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers and downtown Hastings-on-Hudson

Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “Westchester's diverse locations provide excellent backdrops for storytelling, exemplified by these numerous recognitions. The honors celebrate how attractive our region is to the film industry and signal the quality of production that’s taking place.”

Film business has steadily grown due in no small part to the services provided by Westchester County Tourism & Film. The film office provides location guidance, offers technical visits, and facilitates the permit process. The support makes a big difference in choosing where to film, according to many industry professionals.

Location manager for “FBI: Most Wanted” Mike Hartel said: “They understand our needs and pave the way for successful filming. Westchester provides a wide range of looks and plenty of space to park trucks and equipment, set up complicated shoots, and establish base camps. Whether I need a traditional English garden, a Florida marina, a suburban home, or a wooded area, I know that Westchester has a location and facilitators to make filming as easy as possible.”

Westchester’s film-friendly communities enhance the appeal of filming here, with crews visiting local parks and enjoying the best of the area, adds Michael Engler, “The Gilded Age” director.  “We love shooting in Westchester. When we go up there, everyone enjoys it and stays for a few days... People are extremely friendly and gracious…creating a sense of community.”

The Director’s Guild and Producer’s Guild Awards take place on February 10 and 25, respectively, while the SAG Awards takes place February 23.