Netflix is establishing a new US production hub in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is in final negotiations to buy the south western city’s ABQ Studios.
The global streamer promised to bring $1bn-worth of production to New Mexico over the next ten years and create up to 1,000 production jobs a year.
Netflix, for which ABQ will be a first studio acquisition, said it will produce film and TV series including apocalyptic dramedy Daybreak, supernatural drama Chambers and epic drama Messiah in the facility and at locations around the state. Chambers and Messiah are already shooting in the Albuquerque area. Previous Neflix series to have shot in the area include Godless, The Ridiculous Six and Longmire.
ABQ has hosted feature shoots including The Avengers, Logan and Sicaro.
The state of New Mexico will provide up to $10m in funding for the venture and the city of Albuquerque up to $4.5m.
New Mexico governor Susana Martinez said: “Netflix is at the cutting edge of the film and television industry and it’s an honour to welcome them to New Mexico. After years of hard work to cut taxes and make New Mexico business-friendly, we’re seeing incredible results. Now, New Mexico is leading the nation in economic growth and lowering unemployment and we’ve brought the world’s leading internet entertainment service, Netflix, to our state.”
Netflix vice president of physical production Ty Warren added: “Our experience producing shows and films in New Mexico inspired us to jump at the chance to establish a new production hub here. The people, the landscape and the facilities are all stellar and we can’t wait to get to work - and employ lots of New Mexicans - creating entertainment for the world to enjoy.”