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Rural Media Group purchases Imus Ranch

Patrick Hayes
November 21, 2018 08:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –  Governor Susan Martinez announced Monday that Rural Media Group has purchased the former Imus Ranch in Ribera, New Mexico.

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The group will use the ranch as a TV production base for RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel.

“That property actually features pretty amazing broadcasts infrastructure because don Imus did the show from that location," said New Mexico Film Office’s Don Gray.

According to the Governor’s office, some shows that will be produced in New Mexico include: ‘Best of America by Horseback,’ ‘Debbie Duning’s Dude Ranch Round-Up’ and ‘Gentle Giants.’ Production will begin in New Mexico in the spring of 2019.

"And then the fact their programming meshes so well with that landscape and the culture and facilities that are there. I think that's what made it a very special combination and so interesting to them," Gray said.

Martinez expanded the film production tax credit for TV productions, to incentivize the growth of the film industry in New Mexico.

"It's great. It's great for Ribera. It's great for New Mexico. We love that they're out of rural New Mexico and will be featuring real stories on our culture,” Gray said.

New Mexico has seen 3 record-breaking years of film, has hosted dozens of major productions and has become home to the first U.S. production of the media giant Netflix.

“The ranch is set up perfectly to assist our desire to produce a wide variety of new television programs and series for both RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel,” said Patrick Gottsch, Founder & President of Rural Media Group, Inc. “The existing authentic old western town, indoor and outdoor arenas, along with over 30 miles of trails located on the 3,400 acres set against the beautiful New Mexico skyline will provide tremendous opportunities for these original productions.  We will only be limited by our own imagination.”

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