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NBCUniversal opens New Mexico production studio

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A tape cut and press conference marked the official opening of NBCUniversal’s production studio in New Mexico on Thursday. In a press release, the governor’s office said the New Mexico State Economic Development Department has committed $ 7.7 million under the Local Economic Development Act, while the city Albuquerque had committed an additional $ 3 million from its LEDA fund for the public-private partnership.

Governor’s office says NBCUniversal signed a 10-year lease with Garcia Realty and Development for production space in Albuquerque in June 2019. The deal resulted in the conversion of the empty Martineztown warehouse into a TV studio and 84,000 square foot cinema with two sound stages, offices and a mill.

In addition, the company has pledged to invest $ 500 million in direct production expenses over the next 10 years and 330 full-time equivalent jobs, representing a total economic impact of $ 1.1 billion out of 10 years. According to a state economic analysis, the total number of direct and indirect jobs is expected to exceed 800 per year. The New Mexico Film Office called the opening studio a “huge deal” for the state’s industry.

“It’s probably going to be full and busy for a long time, I mean NBC has made a long term commitment here of 10 years. So it’s exciting. And you have to have that kind of infrastructure in order for this industry to thrive. develop and prosper, “said Amber Dodson, director of the New Mexico Film Office. She also highlighted the impact on surrounding businesses.

“When a production is in the field, they spend money on local businesses like dry cleaners, gas stations, antique stores, art galleries, retail, hotels, restaurants, the list goes on and on, ”she said. “So growing the movie industry here helps New Mexico residents find jobs and helps New Mexico businesses generate income,” she said.

“NBC Universal, because of this tape cut today, makes it clear that we don’t just make movies here, we are a hub of the film industry for the United States and the world. This is where you want to be if you are going to do productions, ”Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said at the press conference.

“Albuquerque is on a solid footing to become one of the largest centers of high-tech and sustainable film production in North America,” Mayor Tim Keller said in part in a press release. During the press conference, he highlighted the impact the studio will have on neighboring residential areas.

The Governor’s Office reports that the Peacock comedy series “MacGruber” starring Will Forte will begin filming at the facility until August 2021. The series will employ approximately 225 crew members from New Mexico, 61 actors and stuntmen from New Mexico. -Mexico and 850 New Mexico background players.

The series will also use various local goods and services including rental cars, hotels, trucks, travel, lumber, paint, hydraulic fabrication, cameras, grips, electrical equipment and more. This is expected to contribute $ 24 million in direct spending in the state. Despite the pandemic, the film industry is enjoying one of its most successful years with $ 623 million spent on productions in fiscal 2021.


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