ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico’s film industry may soon have some toughcompetition from the West, as a $75 million film and TV studio isin the works outside of Phoenix.
“Arizona has everything that anybody could possiblyneed,” President Elect for the Arizona Production AssociationDani Green said.
Arizona's first movie studio complex will cover 55 acres, and by2012 it's expected to have four sound stages and huge backlots.
The director of New Mexico film office said she isn’tworried.
“I really don't subscribe to the ‘If you build theywill come theory,'” Director of the New Mexico Film OfficeLisa Strout said.
Strout said it takes more than a studio to make a state's filmindustry successful.
“I absolutely think we have a leg up on the competition,"she said.
New Mexico already has a movie studio of its own. AlbuquerqueStudios is hugely successful and the state has a large andexperienced film and TV crew base.
Unlike Arizona, the Land of Enchantment already has businessesstocked up with film equipment, wardrobe and props.
"Productions don't have to bring all of that equipment withthem," Strout said. “It means everything to a producer;they're going to get their biggest bang for their buck.”
However, the soon to be built studio in Arizona has somethingNew Mexico will never be able to offer. It sits only a six hourdrive away from Los Angeles. That's what the Arizona developer istrying to capitalize on.
The biggest concern for Arizona is their film tax incentiveswill expire in 2010. Reports state that many are worried lawmakerswill not want to continue those incentives because Arizona’sbudget is in the red. That could be one big plus for NewMexico.
New Mexico currently offers a 25 percent credit for productionsif they use in state crews, businesses and services, but theservices have to be performed in New Mexico.
There have been 115 major film productions filmed in New Mexicosince 2002. State taxes collected from film production activitiesin 2007 totaled $22.6 million.
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A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
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Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.