Governor Susana Martinez, Mayor Tim Keller, and Ty Warren, Vice President of Physical Production for Netflix, announced that Netflix chose Albuquerque as the site of a new U.S. production hub on October 8, 2018. The company is in final negotiations to purchase ABQ Studios located in Albuquerque's Mesa Del Sol. Upon closing, the company plans to bring $1 billion dollars in production to New Mexico over the next ten years and create up to 1,000 production jobs a year.
A combined LEDA investment of $14.5 million supported Netflix' decision, $10 million from the State of New Mexico and $4.5 million from the City of Albuquerque. Read more.
From the Desk of Nick Maniatis, New Mexico Film Office Director
Netflix's announcement to open a new U.S. production hub in Albuquerque shined a spotlight on our outstanding film industry. We received national attention and the pride and hope that New Mexicans felt was truly palpable.
Netflix dramas "Chambers" and "Messiah" are currently being produced in the Albuquerque area; both productions have provided jobs for over 700 New Mexican crew members. Previous Netflix productions in New Mexico include the Emmy Award-winning limited series "Godless," "The Ridiculous Six" and "Longmire."
New Mexico has a rich history of film-making and post-production - this year we celebrated 120 years of film in New Mexico! Netflix choosing New Mexico is a testament to the hard work and innovation of NM Film. ABQ Studios is a world-class studio: it opened in 2007 and includes 132,000 square feet of sound stages, 100,000 square feet of production offices and a large backlot.
Netflix will be among a large and growing community of dedicated professionals. This deal was years in the making and is a tremendous victory for the state.
Photo: Secretary Matt Geisel and Film Office Director Nick Maniatis at the Netflix announcement