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Locals excited about what Netflix will do for New Mexico

Nathan O'Neal
October 08, 2018 10:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Netflix is poised to bring big business to New Mexico.

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The media giant planning to make Albuquerque its new production hub.

New Mexico actor, Bernardo Saracino, who has starred in productions such as Sicario and NBC’s Midnight, Texas, says this is a huge deal for people in the industry.

“The projects that they're bringing are world-class products,” Saracino said. “I think it's going to be really surreal to have it in a backyard, the place I grew up.”

In addition to thousands of more reliable film and production jobs, some believe the Netflix deal could put Albuquerque on the map and even boost the housing market.

“More jobs means a bigger need for housing,” said Emmanuel McPhearson of Westway Homes.

The deal isn't quite done. The state has approved its portion of incentives but Albuquerque's city council still needs to approve $4.5 million dollars. Mayor Tim Keller is confident that will happen soon.

Once that does happen, Saracino says it's another reason to stay and work in New Mexico.

“As soon as I heard for sure this was happening, I got on the phone with my agent and said, 'Please pitch me for anything that shoots on location in New Mexico,'” Saracino said. “I love coming home to work.”

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