ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The ‘Breaking Bad’ bill sweetened tax incentives for television shows filming in New Mexico and it seems to be paying off.
Signed into law last spring, the bill bumped the tax credit the state gives shows that film here to 30 percent. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, says Hollywood stopped calling when incentives were capped in 2011.
“The phones stopped ringing at Albuquerque Studios and other studios,” Maestas said.
The bill was intended to make New Mexico more competitive for landing television shows and apparently it’s working.
Sources have told KRQE News 13 the prequel to ‘Breaking Bad’ will shoot in the Duke City. Also a series based on the Manhattan Project, set against the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, will begin filming soon in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The new FOX show ‘Heiroglyph’ will shoot at Albuquerque Studios, and casting is underway for The CW’s ‘The Messengers,’ which is also set to film in Albuquerque.
That’s just to name a few.
“The film industry is back. T.V. Shows are filming here in Albuquerque and New Mexico,” Maestas said.
Ultimately the hope is to draw shows like ‘Longmire,’ which will soon begin shooting its third season.
Maestas said successful television series bring more than just a brush with Hollywood; they also bring stable, long-term jobs.