The results of a gubernatorial election more than a thousand miles away could mean big business for New Mexico’s film industry.
The governor’s race in Georgia was so close, it wasn’t called until last Friday. Republican Brian Kemp came out on top, but now the state he represents might lose $9 billion of its economy.
During the campaign, the former Secretary of State promised that he would sign a religious freedom bill, if it made it to his desk. The controversial bill made it to the former governor’s desk in 2016, but he vetoed it after Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Entertainment threatened to move their headquarters.
Without waiting to see what happens with that legislation, Hollywood writers, directors, actors and executives are already saying they want to move their business elsewhere.
“Georgia has been a powerhouse in the film industry so if some of those productions come here, we are ready and willing,” said Alicia J. Keys, Director of the Albuquerque Film, TV and Media Office.
Keys said since Netflix announced it’s opening a hub in Albuquerque, lots of other companies have expressed interest. She says the possibility of entire companies moving out of Georgia could keep this momentum going.
“I think we need one or two more big studio, production, distribution houses to make Albuquerque their home,” said Keys.
Keys wants everyone in the film industry to know that Albuquerque is open for business, for everyone.
“Albuquerque has always welcomed any and everyone and we will continue to do that,” said Keys.
Georgia lawmakers are already fighting to keep production businesses there. Governor-elect Kemp’s former opponent, Stacey Abrams, even tweeting:
“I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support
#FairFightGA – but please do not #boycottgeorgia. The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame. I promise: We will fight – and we will win.”
No major companies have officially announced they’re leaving Georgia, but the city says they want to talk to anyone interested in making a move to the metro.