Netflix chooses New Mexico for new US production hub

TRENDING RIGHT NOW! Netflix has chosen ABQ Studios as their next home.


Look out California and New York: New Mexico is moving on up as one of the nation’s most entertainment-friendly states.


Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is negotiating to buy ABQ Studios, an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex in the state’s largest city.

It is the company’s first purchase of such a property, and local officials said Monday that upcoming production work by Netflix in Albuquerque and other New Mexico communities is expected to result in $1 billion in spending over the next decade.

More than $14 million in public economic development funding is being tapped. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, a Democrat, both touted the investment and said years of work to put New Mexico on the movie-making map are paying off.

Previous Netflix series produced in New Mexico include the Emmy-winning limited series “Godless” and “Longmire.”

In addition to the studio’s eight stages, the state at-large will be utilized for on-site filming locations—resulting in an estimated 700 crew and grip jobs. It’s expected that the facility itself will create 1,000 jobs annually.

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