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TV shows filmed in New Mexico have lasting economic impact


SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexico’s film industry can mean a lot of money to the state’s economy, but the movies are pale compared to what TV shows typically spend for a season , which is why the state film bureau is actively looking for the next hit like “Breaking Bad.”

In fiscal 2019, the New Mexico film industry directly spent $ 525 million with 92 projects filmed in the state. While COVID cut that figure by almost half in 2020, fiscal 2021 added nearly $ 100 million more to the record spending before the pandemic.

With streaming services, broadcast giants like ABC and FOX, and cable networks like AMC all launching new shows at breakneck speed, the TV series is proving to be a vital provider of long-term work in front and behind. cameras.

“The series stay on the ground much longer than a feature film. And what does that mean? This means longer jobs for our resident crew. That means more spending with our local businesses statewide, ”said Amber Dodson, director of the New Mexico film office.

The AMC Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul series are great examples of what successful TV projects can do for the local economy. Breaking Bad, like most TV shows, averaged eight to 10 days per episode.

“I’ve been a producer on over 100 TV episodes in New Mexico,” said Stuart Lyons, executive producer for Breaking Bad and FOX’s new series, The Cleaning Lady. “Generally speaking, I would say New Mexico spends on each of these episodes… between a million and a half and two million dollars.”

Breaking Bad shot 62 episodes in New Mexico. Its sister series Better Call Saul will have 63 episodes when the series ends production, meaning that the universe Vince Gilligan created alone will have spent between $ 187 million and $ 250 million in New Mexico, not counting the Netflix movie El Camino.

Dodson says TV shows with discounts of up to 35% offer even greater opportunities than projects aimed at the big screen. “There are thousands of jobs in an ecosystem like this. A lot of them are long term, most of them are very well paying, and New Mexico has what it takes to be that ecosystem, ”Dodson said.

The so-called “Breaking Bad Bill” offers up to 35% off TV shows that shoot six or more episodes in the state, making the incentive one of the most competitive in the country.