Magazine article Variety

Stages Host Hollywood

Magazine article Variety

Stages Host Hollywood

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WHERE MOVIES TREAD, soundstages rush in.

As production activity in New Mexico - spurred by generous tax credits and the state's proximity to Hollywood - has grown significantly over the past two decades, production facilities have sprouted and expanded.

Three large complexes handle the bulk of New Mexico's interior production: Albuquerque Studios and 1-25 Studios in Albuquerque, plus Santa Fe Studios, located just south of Santa Fe. All have benefited from New Mexico's incentive program, which attracts tentpole features ("Transcendence," "The Avengers," "The Lone Ranger") and TV skeins (FX's "Better Call Saul," USA Network's Anne Heche starrer "Dig") as it offers a competitive (up to 30%) rebate for qualifying expenditures.

The relationship among these facilities can be characterized as "co-opetition." "For producers, the decision is more about the economics between Louisiana, Georgia or South Carolina vs. New Mexico," says 1-25 Studios' Rick Clemente.

Matt Rauchberg, senior veep, business development at Albuquerque Studios, finds that each facility serves different segments of the market. The draw at Albuquerque Studios is the full-service facility and its eight soundstages. Four are 24,000 square feet; the other four are 18.000 square feet; several have movable walls between them for even greater combinations of square footage.

Albuquerque Studios is home to the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" and the Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro starrer "Sicario."

"Super versatile," is how Wayne Rauschenberger, Albuquerque Studios' senior VP and chief operating officer, describes the sprawling complex. …

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