GEORGETTE BLAU founder and CEO. If you film it, they will come. Armed with just a van and a driver, Georgette Blau introduced the concept of TV and Movie tourism to New York City in 1999 at the age of 24. When she realized that her first apartment in New York City was a stone’s throw from where The Jeffersons lived, Blau got the idea to scout other New York City locations that had been used in filming TV shows. Using her passion for classic television and cinema as inspiration, Blau soon turned a weekend job and a small company into one of the world’s largest TV and Movie Tour Company.
Seventeen years from its inception, On Location Tours now employs 48 people and runs six bus tours in New York City, including the NYC TV & Movie Tour, the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, the Sopranos Sites Tour, the Gossip Girl Sites Tour, the TCM Classic Film Tour, the When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour and the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour. In June 2011, On Location Tours officially acquired the Boston Movie Mile walking tour.
Renowned in the tourism industry, Blau has been a featured speaker at the Motion Picture Association of America’s Business of Show Business Symposium in Washington DC; the International Tourism Bourse, Germany’s largest trade show; the Film National Commission in France; the Italian Film Commission in Rome; and at the Paramount Pictures office in Tokyo. She has also been featured in thousands of media outlets both domestically and internationally, including: The New York Times, Donny Deutsch: The Big Idea, People Magazine, USA Today, Fox and Friends, E! News, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, Business Week, and many others.
Additionally, Blau is the founder of the Association of Tours for Television and Movies (ATTAM), an umbrella organization that represents companies around the world that provide television and movie tours. This alliance is intended to provide networking opportunities for member companies including cross-promotional and marketing ventures.
Blau currently serves on the board of Young Variety of Variety the Children’s Charity of New York and the Norwalk, CT Preservation Trust Board. On Location Tours has also donated numerous charity tours as fundraising events for schools, hospitals, and other institutions.
Georgette Blau was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. Blau graduated from Skidmore College in 1996 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Creative Writing and Architectural Preservation. If she isn’t watching reruns of her favorite shows, Blau is writing and performing her own stand-up comedy material in New York City. She resides in Westchester with her husband Yoav,
son Benjamin and daughter Zoe.
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