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Film Industry Contributes More Than Half A Billion To NM’s Economy

Film Industry Contributes More Than Half A Billion To NM’s Economy

Third Straight Record-Shattering Year For TV And Film Production In New Mexico

Film and television production contributed more than half a billion dollars to New Mexico’s economy last year, shattering the previous record by more than $115 million. This marks the third straight record-shattering year for New Mexico’s film industry.

Film and television production contributed $505 million into New Mexico’s economy last year, according to data from the New Mexico Film Office. Sixty-one major productions were in principal photography in New Mexico during Fiscal Year 2017. The data shows that the industry continues to support more jobs, with over 448,304 worker days in 2017.

The state also had 52 productions budgeted over $1 million each last fiscal year, with several written and directed by local New Mexico filmmakers. Studio features also continue to choose New Mexico to make their big budget and mid-range films.

In Fiscal Year 2017 alone, TV series and pilots produced in New Mexico included: Better Call Saul, Season 3 (AMC); The Night Shift, Season 4; Midnight, Texas, Season 1; The Brave, Season 1 (NBC); Longmire, Season 6 (Netflix); Graves, Season 2 (EPIX); The Girlfriend Experience, Season 2 (STARZ); Waco, Mini-Series (Paramount TV Network); The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix); Get Shorty, Season 1 (EPIX); Logan (Twenty Century Fox); Godless (Netflix); Woman Walks Ahead (Black Bicycle Entertainment, Bedford Falls, Potboiler); Hostiles (Yellow Hawk, Inc.); Scalped pilot (Horizon Scripted Television); Soldado (Black Label Media); t@gged Season 2 (Awesomeness TV/Dreamworks); Monster of God pilot (TNT); Mission Control pilot (CBS); Villa Capri (Broad Green Pictures, Endurance Media and Entertainment One); Cliffs of Freedom (Freedom Films, LLC); Horse Soldiers (Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Black Label Media) and others.

The announcement follows a recent U.S. Department of Commerce report that shows New Mexico is a leader in economic growth, with the third-highest rate of GDP growth in the nation so far this year. New Mexico also recently saw its largest private-sector job growth in more than a decade, with nearly 19,000 new private-sector jobs since this time last year.

In 2013 Governor Martinez strengthened New Mexico’s film incentive program by signing a bipartisan job creation and tax reform package designed to diversify the economy and make the state more competitive. Among other things, this legislation increased the incentive rate for qualifying productions.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.