SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Some in New Mexico's movie community aren't happy that a California firm was hired to shoot a new television commercial for the state Tourism Department.
The flap follows the department's announcement in January that it had selected Texas-based Vendor Inc. to head its new $2 million advertising campaign.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zKIQcZ ) that it was Vendor that selected California-based Papaman to produce the commercial. The producers shot in a variety of locations throughout the state over a period of four days.
Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says the project used out-of-state people such as a five-person camera crew.
Dave Roberts of Southwest Productions says the out-of-state hire "added salt to the wound."
He says companies such as his would have been able to produce the commercial.
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