Duke City’s film industry after Breaking Bad
Posted at: 09/30/2013 10:39 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
With the end of Breaking Bad, many wonder if Albuquerque will ever have another hit show.
To many, it will go down as the best TV drama ever made.
To Albuquerque, Breaking Bad will go down as a “game changer” for the city’s film industry.
"It's a really positive thing for the city," said Ann Lerner, city of Albuquerque film liaison.
Lerner says Breaking Bad spent a million dollars per episode. There were 62 episodes in all.
So what happens post-Breaking Bad?
"We have two TV shows that are filming,” said Lerner.
Lerner says as soon as Breaking Bad stopped filming in the Duke City last March, that crew made up of mostly local workers immediately started production on two other TV shows filmed right here.
"We have The Night Shift which is another Sony show this time for NBC. And we have Killer Women which is an ABC show," she said.
It’s not just TV shows. Tinseltown is also calling.
The six-million-dollar budget movie ‘La Vida Robot’ starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis will start filming in Albuquerque on October 14.
Casting for 1,300 movie extras continued on Monday.
"For here at Valley High School we're looking for about 250 students that we're going to use in scenes," said casting director Elizabeth Gabel.
"It's really exciting because I feel like New Mexico is getting really big into things and it's kinda fun to be in it for at least once,” said junior Raven Montoya.
For the fiscal year that ended in June, the film industry’s economic impact on Albuquerque was $93 million, said Lerner.
For local artists trying to build Hollywood careers, Breaking Bad was a big boost.
"My next movie coming out is Force of Execution with Steven Segal," said Jesus “Jesus Jr.” Payan.
The series that kept us on the edge of our seats for six years is over, but its impact will live on.
The local film industry has had its ups and downs, admits Lerner.
There’s also a lot of competition out there.
She says more than 40 states offer some kind of film incentives right now.