ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A recent expansion of New Mexico's film tax credits for television series appears to be generating early interest from Hollywood.
The so-called Breaking Bad bill, passed by the legislature as part of a last second jobs deal and signed into law last week by Governor Susana Martinez, bumped the state's film tax credit for television series to 30 percent, the highest in the region.
Wayne Rauschenberger with Albuquerque Studios says that buzz is looking like it will turn into business.
"We're already starting to get some inquiries," Rauschenberger said.
That business isn't just new business, it's also coming from companies who steered clear of the state when the film incentives were capped two years ago.
"These are people that probably have shot with us in the past that we haven't heard from for a while so there's a good indication that they've heard about the bill," Rauschenberger said.
The state is going on the offensive too. NM Film Office director Nick Maniatis was in Los Angeles Wednesday educating studios on the changes to the film tax incentives the state offers and encourage them to bring any pilots that get picked up to New Mexico.
In a phone interview, Maniatis told KRQE News 13 the real benefit could become apparent towards the end of the year.
"Pilot season for next year will start December, January and I would hope and think we would start to see things picking up quite a bit then for next year's pilots," Maniatis said.
Another provision in the new film tax credit bill would allow unused film tax money to roll over into the next fiscal year. Currently credits are capped at $50 million and unspent money goes back into the state budget.
The incentive changes officially go into effect in July.
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