Thursday, October 21, 2010

[MISP] KOAT SURVEY Poll - vote for Film Incentives!!!

KOAT Poll - vote for Film Incentives!!!


Tax Breaks Bring Film To New Mexico

WWE Films 'Blood Brothers' In Albuquerque

The production crew for a new movie filming in New Mexico said they were hooked by the state’s film incentives.

Todd Lewis is the line producer for the WWE film "Blood Brothers." He said the state’s generous tax break brought their production to Albuquerque.

“We’re here because of the tax incentive,” Lewis said. “The state film commission offers 25 percent back on all goods and services and labor done inside New Mexico.”

Lewis said it’s highly unlikely the production would be in New Mexico without the incentives.

Leaders in New Mexico’s film industry said they want to improve on the tax incentives that were put in place by Gov. Bill Richardson. At the very least, the industry seeks to maintain them.

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“That’s local dollars going into our local economy. They’re also coming in, staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, using our services,” Charles Ashley with the Bernalillo Economic Development Office said.

During Sunday’s debate on KOAT, both gubernatorial candidates expressed their feelings on the film industry.

“I’m a big supporter of the film industry in New Mexico. And here's what I believe we need to do: We need to have a strong sustainable incentive program for the film in industry in New Mexico. Today 10,000 people work full or part time in New Mexico’s film industry,” Lt. Gov. Diane Denis, D-N.M., said.

“It's a 25 percent tax credit. Do you get any of those tax credits? Does your small business get any of those tax credits at 25 percent? I think we have to be sure that it's good for New Mexicans, and that's the problem with the shell games that have taken place. With the shell games in New Mexico, we can't trust what's being said.,” District Attorney Susana Martinez, R-N.M., said.


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