New Mexico film bureau reports record windfall after pandemic

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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Even a global pandemic couldn’t hold back the success of New Mexico’s film industry. The state announced Monday that productions shot in New Mexico are spending more money in the state than ever before.

Whether it’s the wild Wild West or a zombie apocalypse, “New Mexico works for a variety of places,” says casting director Shayne Hartigan. The state film bureau believes the New Mexico landscape is just one of the many reasons the industry is booming. “It’s a record year. We have broken all previous records for past production here in New Mexico, ”said Amber Dodson, director of the New Mexico Film Office.

On Monday, the film bureau revealed that around $ 623 million was spent by state film and television productions in fiscal year 2021. The previously held record was for fiscal year 19, where productions had spent $ 525 million. “The studios were really looking to find new places to create content, because not everything can be done in New York and Los Angeles,” says Dodson.

Even though productions were halted for a quarter of the fiscal year due to COVID-19, the state has still seen 69 productions since its return in September. “We get great shows for Amazon, for NBC Universal, for Netflix coming in and hiring a lot of people,” Hartigan said.

Dodson says about 40% of production budgets are spent on goods and services from local businesses. “To bring history to life you need all kinds of things – you need furniture, artwork, rugs, glass, and cars, and that’s just the decor.” , she says.

Dodson also says the state’s generous tax incentive and proximity to Los Angeles are other reasons the state is more attractive than ever, and they expect the success to continue. “For the future, our pipeline is down. We’re really excited about this, ”Dodson said. The film bureau also told KRQE that its COVID safe practices are another draw for productions. Since returning to the set in September, they tell us they’ve had a half percent positivity rate.

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