UPDATE 3/14/13 NM Film held hostage in compromise debate:
I’m very disappointed in the lack of compromise by the other party, and by the unbalanced approach to our state budget taken by many lawmakers. While the Democrats want me to agree to pay increases for government employees and larger subsidies for Hollywood corporations, they have refused to pass meaningful education reforms to improve student achievement, and they have refused to lower taxes to make New Mexico more competitive to help businesses grow and to create more jobs…They have also refused to pass a bill repealing the law giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, despite my repeated attempts at compromise.
-Governor Susana Martinez 3/13/13
See a breakdown of the “Hollywood Bashing” by New Mexico’s premiere Political Blogger Joe Monahan here.
Mary Ann Hughes, vice president for film and television production planning at the Walt Disney Co., which owns and operates several television networks, told the Journal she is watching the legislation closely.
“It’s a game-changer for us,” Hughes said. “It puts New Mexico as among the top leaders in the world regarding locations for a television series.” -Albuquerque Journal 3/13/13
“Big studio execs ready to move production to New Mexico when “Breaking Bad” bill signed by Governor Martinez” -James Hallinan
UPDATE: Above Governor Martinez speaks to KOB-TV’s Stuart Dyson about her stance on the “Breaking Bad Bill”.
Today (1:30 room 317) the New Mexico Legislature will hear House Bill 379.
Introduced by Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D), HB379 raises the tax incentive percentage from 25% to 30% for qualifying television productions.
The bill would also allow any money of the $50M cap that is not spent to roll over to the next year. So if this year only $40M were paid out, $10M would carry over into next fiscal year, essentially raising the incentive budget to $60M the following year.
This legislation is tailored to attract and maintain television series production in the state. While the world renowned, five season run, hit series Breaking Bad is set to wrap in just a matter of weeks, New Mexico is looking to take on more of this kind of steady employment for our very rich crew & talent base, like that of the second season A&E hit Longmire, now in production.
As Jon Hendry, business agent for the local film technician’s union, recently spelled out for the Taos News, there are currently four network television series that are shooting or plan to begin production in the state. He said HB 379 would help keep those productions in New Mexico if the shows get picked up by networks.
Contact YOUR HTRC now in support of the so-called Breaking Bad Bill!
On the senate side, Senator John C. Ryan (R) has just introduced Senate Bill 468 which is said to “clean-up” language of previous legislation with clearer and more defined parameters for New Mexico Film Incentives.
SB0468 outlines taking any money not used in the $50M cap to pay out deferred payments on films due a rebate above $5OM. Those films would get 3 equal payments, one immediately, one in 12 months and the 3rd in 24 months. The bill also states that if there is money left at the end of the year of the 50m it would be used to pay the production company in real-time instead of waiting for the 12 and 24 months.
The senate bill also aims to tighten-up the language about how non-residents can be hired, and under what circumstances. These revisions are meant to resolve some conflicts and “loopholes” in laws created during previous legislation.
“The so-called “Defense of Marriage” Act was tabled in committee today, effectively killing it for the remainder of this legislative session. Like or share to thank the committee for standing for love, commitment, and marriage for all New Mexico couples!” -All Families Matter, New Mexico – USA
“The biggest casting session the state has ever seen is going down TOMORROW, February 22, 2013 in Santa Fe (11am-4pm)!
What started out as an open call for six current and future film and television productions has grown to NINE upcoming projects!
Including FOUR Westerns in Santa Fe, an untitled sci-fi, fantasy in Albuquerque, TWO road movies in Rio Rancho and Las Cruces, a gritty thriller set for Deming and Albuquerque AND two TV shows!!!”
Rumor has it that at least 4 and up to 7 movies and TV productions will be casting at this one-stop-shop style call at New Mexico Film & Media Day 2013. Mark your calendars and keep watch right here…
What we know so far:
Casting directors, film personnel and industry workers and students will be on hand for the all day multi-media event at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 22, 2013.
Two more productions that this film fan hadn’t even heard of yet called The Signal and Runaway are also anticipated to be represented.
No specifics are available at this time (believe me, I’ve been hunting for them), but standard audition and casting call protocol should be followed.
STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE FOR MORE – UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION!!!
While you wait, get on the horn, fire-up your keypad, and/or make the trek up to the roundhouse to respectfully speak to YOUR state representatives. The time is NOW to engage in meaningful dialogue in support of the New Mexico Film Industry – learn more here.
LIVE from NM Film & Media Day 2012 here at the Roundhouse where SB0168 goes to the floor today at 2 p.m.
If you feel passionately about what New Mexico Film lends to our great state, please visit YOUR Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee here, and contact your committee members to ask them to support SB0168, to REPEAL FILM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT CAP.
Predictably sour on film, Governor Susana Martinez tells lawmakers at this year’s legislative session that it would be “a waste of time,” to pass a bill along to her proposing lifting the $50M cap on New Mexico Film Incentives, which she worked to impose during the last session.
Martinez says, “I want predictability for the film industry and they have received predictability and I think they really appreciate the fact that there is predictability. It allows us to formulate a budget and balance the budget.”
In the last year alone this now “predictable” stance has led untold numbers of productions, including the likes of Iron Man III – starring Robert Downey Jr., Oblivion – starring Tom Cruise, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and television series The Lying Game to quit New Mexico for more “receptive” states.
While Alasaka and Colorado shoot to redouble their efforts in bolstering their existing incentive programs, states like North Carolina, New Orleans and Texas nab big budget films, local jobs and the media attention that follows them away from New Mexico.
Perhaps bringing to fruition what was forewarned back in November 2011, when representatives of the Governor’s cabinet appeared at an industry event, tasked with proclaiming the Governor’s support for New Mexico Film. At the NMedia State of Film event the Governor’s Cheif of Staff Keith Garnder stated in his address to the crowed that the Governor, “vows to wield a veto pen” on any proposed changes to the current Film Program.
Representative Al Park (D) of Albuquerque disagrees with Martinez’ decision.
“We don’t have a cap on a single incentive in any other industry. We plant incentives all across the board for things all across New Mexico…this is an industry that we know right now is generating a billion dollars in economic activity,”
- Rep. Al Park to KOB-TV
While New Mexico sends millions of dollars out of state to improve create our image around the world, and this ongoing targeting of the Film Industry is racking up losses in jobs and notoriety for the state, neighboring states stand at the ready to take over.
Right next door Texas is wrangling for the top spot in video game production by extending credits akin to their film tax incentives. After handily procuring the production away from New Mexico, North Carolina rides away with thousands of paid extras casting, crew jobs and the influx of income that the blockbuster Iron Man III will bring to their state.
Given the current administration’s stance on film, and the losses that follow, being the resonating image New Mexico puts forth as a still high profile option for production, industry activists and advocates are set to convene at the Roundhouse to lobby state legislators on February 1st for New Mexico Film & Media Day 2012.
UPDATE 3/14/11: While “$1.5 billion in credits” goes out to big oil and other industries, today your NM Senate Finance Committee passed a measure limiting New Mexico Film Incentives to $50M. Source
Our “Quote of the other day” belongs to State Representative Brian Egolf -
We have less than a week to go in the session. The Governor is still ignoring jobs & the economy and focusing exclusively on political wedge issues. I am working hard to protect the film incentive program to keep good jobs here in NM and to hold the line on important conservation issues. I expect that the final days will be very eventful! 3/12/11
Tonight, after a long day in the Senate, amendments being batted about and readied to be heard by the Senate Finance Committee that stand to (carry out the Governor’s vendetta against film) limit New Mexico’s film futures have been held-off until Monday morning.
IATSE 480, the NM chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, is rallying small business owners, trades and other film supporters in the lofty efforts to maintain globally recognized position New Mexico has carved out for itself as a leader in Film.
Thousands upon thousands of New Mexico jobs and the very existence of hundreds of local small businesses hang in the balance. And as Statewide educational programs and institutions ramp-up training and build-up futures for creating and maintaining a sustainable workforce for generations of New Mexicans to come, our Governor vows to veto a state budget that includes Film Incentives with any cap over $45M.
It’s been said time and time again – though perhaps gone unheard, that that cap is “a job killer”. Supporters of the industry have been promised that the current incentive rate will stand at 25% (only 3rd highest in the nation), but it was also a begrudgingly PROMISED during her campaign that no change would be made without a full and transparent study of incentive benefits.
SB 44 passed the House this session allowing for such data to come to fruition but that forthcoming research and report will be rather mute with a production limiting cap. At $45M films the magnitude of last year’s Cowboys & Aliens and Thor would eat-up most if not wipe-out the entire allotment of incentives thereby taking away the chance for more productions within the year and all the jobs film and support service related.
As film, small business, education and training supporters we have through Monday morning to reach out to the Senate Finance Committee here and to the Governess herself here (505-476-2200) to voice our plea to KEEP NM FILM.
IATSE Local is raising money throughout the night to help get the message out and Film Works New Mexico is organizing business owners and other film supporters to lobby Senate Finance members live and in person at the Roundhouse, tick-tock.
GOING GOING GONZO UPDATE 2/21/11: As reported *below MI lawmakers are batting about their film incentives to an even lesser degree than NM is and they’ve now LOST their stake in the NM bound AVENGERS movie. via NM Business Weekly
WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON SB 568 (puts a prohibitive cap on incentives) and HB 479 (decreases incentives from 25% to 15%) – raise your voices to the capitol.
UPDATE 2/21/11: SB 568 has been laid over. Another day to contact YOUR senate committee…all the contact info. and links to the bill itself below. Go New Mexico!
UPDATE on the competition 2/20/11:
*MICHIGAN – Law makers are proposing a more straight forward/above board cap that has MI film supporters calling foul, fearing a steady stream of taillights heading OUT of the state. – Full Story here.
ALASKA – Increased film incentives range from 30% up to 44%. Full story here.
On Thursday, the last day to submit bills to the 2011 NM Legislature, SB 568 – the FILM PRODUCTION & EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT bill was introduced just under the wire…”In essence, this bill pits film against education retirement and caps the film credit at $45M.”
BILL ALERT!!!!: HB 479, bill to lower incentive to 15% is being sponsored by REPRESENTATIVE JAMES P. WHITE!!! IT’S GOING TO [THE] HOUSE BUSINESS & INDUSTRY COMMITTEE (HBIC). Contact these committee members asap with respectful professional and personal requests to stop HB 479.
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NM FILM UPDATE 2/7/11: via I AM NMFilm Senate Joint Memorial Bills 15 & 16 passed…A full study will be done before anything happens with the tax incentives.
UPDATE: For your emailing ease, here is a compilation of ea. of the Senate Committee Members (except Nick L. Salazar) hearing the Bills to evaluate NM FILM BEFORE making any changes to OUR FILM INCENTIVES:
copy/paste and email these committee members before tomorrow morning!!! Ask them to VOTE YES on SJM 15 & 16
Both bills are being heard Monday January 7 at 8:30 a.m. Better yet, CALL them at their Capitol # listed here for your convenience…
“Senate Joint Memorial Bills 15 AND 16 will be heard at 8:30AM Monday, February 7th, in Room 321 of the Roundhouse!!!
We support these bills because they are asking for a thorough study of our Film Incentive Program BEFORE any changes are made. They are both sponsored by Senator Phil A. Griego and will be heard by the Senate Rules Committee…
Click here to view entire list of committee members.
Call or email them asking them to vote “YES” on SJM 15 and SJM 16!!!
From the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico: FILM CREDIT STUDY
Santa Fe, NM- With more than eleven thousand New Mexicans drawing a paycheck either directly or indirectly from the film industry, lawmakers feel more study must be done before the State’s Film Tax Credits are abandoned. San Jose Senator, Phil A. Griego (D-Los Alamos, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos-39) just introduced a proposal to look at the impact the state’s Film Tax Credit has on New Mexico workers.
Senate Joint Memorial 15 asks the New Mexico Legislative Council to appoint an interim Film Investment Committee to review and analyze the state’s Film Tax Credit. The Committee will look at the advantages and disadvantages and recommend legislation for any policy changes.
“Let’s hold off before we do anything and really study the issue,” said Sen. Griego, “then make a determination, number one, whether 25 percent is too much and we have to go back to 15 percent.” The Senator says we need to look at whether the tax credit has had a positive or negative effect in New Mexico and whether we should even keep it at all. “We’re not going to know those things until we have a full and complete study,” said the Senator.
Sen. Griego hopes with the committee “the Governor and Legislature can work together to study the effects of the Film Tax Credit and where we’re going.”
Senator Griego said many of his constituents have praised the Film Tax Credit for helping the state’s economy, “I’ve heard from small businesses that have done well in working with the film credits. You’ve got travel agencies, caterers, car rental people, grocery stores, lumber stores.” The Film Industry has helped the state’s construction industry, said Sen. Griego, hiring people to build and take down sets, as well as electrical, plumbing guys. “I think what we’re going to find is that this film credit has had a very positive effect on New Mexico,” said Griego.
Senator Griego also says we also have to consider schools including both community colleges and charter schools that have created curricula to train people as producers, directors, and stage crafts workers.
“I think we need to work with the industry to come up with a plan to as to how to continue film work in the state flowing, that is not only going to satisfy the state but satisfy the industry.” The Senator said states across the country are pulling back on their film credit programs because of the economy, but “what we want to do, is we want to lead the pack in attracting the film industry and then make a determination as to where we’ve got to go.”
More than 150 feature films, television series and other productions have been shot in New Mexico since the start of the Film Tax Credits several years ago. Among the films and other productions shot in this state last year alone; True Grit, Iron Man 2, Bless Me Ultima, Stargate Universe: Malice and [so many] more.
GLORIOUS UPDATE: HB-19, The Bill to Kill Film is dead! Tabled 5-4 in first committee!!!!!!! NEXT UP though, a push by Gov. Susana Martinez herself to LOWER incentives to 15% – effectively eliminating New Mexico’s competitive edge over other states.
Coincidentally Texas film incentives currently sit at 15% and several other states meet or beat New Mexico’s 25% – But no other single state can boast the #1 city in the country and #3 place in all of North America for Film.
The bill to put an end to our Film Incentive Program is being heard this Thursday, January 27th @ 1:30PM in Room 317 – Film Works for New Mexico
“…the song tell[s] a story of 99 balloons floating into the air, triggering an apocalyptic overreaction by military forces.”
With the Epic “Ignore” going on at the Roundhouse toward the passionate & viable industry we call Film, there have been several calls to action to show support for simply maintaining something that thousands of New Mexicans have already worked so hard to attain – the very prestigious, successful and promising position New Mexico holds as a LEADER in Film and Production.
Those of us already in the campaign know what we’re fighting for and if anyone is unaware we should all be at the ready to $pell out for them the impact on our great state this brightest light since green chile shines down upon us. These may be romantic, enigmatic, fanciful descriptions of a very real threat posed by those armed with manipulated numbers and forked tongued “data”, printed out in upteenlate on official letterhead paper – but that cannot win out over the facts in the end?
Like a big screen saga in itself, we hope and quite literally pray – not for an apocalyptic overreaction resulting in the obliteration of this industry we hold so dear, but simply to be heard and understood for all that Film brings to the businesses, students, artists, communities and trades of New Mexico – that the evil that is arbitrary crosshairs is removed and that the true examination and transparency of the state’s film programs is provided, as promised.
Far many more of us care about this teeming situation than can possibly collectively voice, center stage at the rotunda, but let’s do show our support and at least know that we stand together for something that will benefit New Mexico for generations to come, if not lost on deaf ears. We know their eyes might see.
Wear your Roundhouse Red, fly your flag, float your balloon to keep New Mexico Film – perhaps we can achieve at least a seismic shift in awareness that we are here and we support each other.
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Thursday Jan 27, the New Mexico Legislature will hear a bill to kill the NM film incentive program. Show your support for the industry and attend the House of Representatives debate – If you’re seeing RED, poised to be in the RED or just support the cause, wear RED on Thursday.
Kill New Mexico Film, Drill Baby Drill!? If New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez gets her way our state will effectively eliminate our ranking as the top spot in the nation for Film Production – Giving our JOBS, REVENUE, and the SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY for future generations away (TEXAS ANXIOUSLY AWAITS) Mom’s & Pop’s jobs are poised to FALL as the CORPORATE LOOPHOLE REMAINS WIDE OPEN — and Gas & Oil Subsidies ABOUND!
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