“America’s Got Talent”: Home in Newark

America’s Got Talent found a new home in Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in 2012. By all accounts, season 7 was a resounding success, and Newark looks forward to welcoming the AGT team again in 2013. AGT is estimated to have generated an estimated $40+ million in economic activity.

The cast of Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

New AGT judge, Howard Stern, is widely credited with pushing the show’s executives to move the production to the East Coast. And after an exhaustive search, AGT’s producers discovered that no city, and no venue, provided better conditions than the NJPAC in Newark. We welcome that kind of discovery!

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, Howard Stern, Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State of New Jersey — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Thousands and thousands of contestants flocked to Newark and gave it their best shot to achieve stardom on the national stage.

“Trying to produce a show on the East Coast of the variety nature is a huge challenge. NJPAC quickly rose to the top because they understood the show, and they made it clear they can handle something like a guy diving into a kiddie pool from 60 feet up in the air.” – Jason Raff, Executive Producer, AGT

Nick Cannon, Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

For more on America’s Got Talent, visit the show’s NBC page here.

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