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Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:05

"Better Call Saul" Brings New Productions to New Mexico

Written by  Thea Green
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AMC’s "Breaking Bad" left fans thirsty for more, and their new spinoff "Better Call Saul"might just be the medicine the doctor ordered.

"Saul", which follows crooked-yet-endearing attorney Saul Goodman played by jokester Bob Odenkirk is taking after its predecessor and shooting in New Mexico, which offers a base incentive of 25%-30%. Productions of such high caliber using New Mexico as a backdrop are encouraging other productions to take the leap. 

In a recent article from The Location Guide, the show’s launch has been postponed to next year, execs are confident that Saul is worth the wait. “Production on "Better Call Saul" is under way and we could not be more proud of, nor more excited about, the work to date,” commented Charlie Collier, head of the AMC network. “We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series, and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes.

Johnny Depp pictures The Lone Ranger and Transcendence as well as Peter Berg’s war drama Lone Survivor prove that the 25% incentive works and that big budgets are willing to head out to New Mexico, especially with its convenience to Los Angeles. “310 days of sunshine, and close proximity to Los Angeles gives us an edge over other states that also offer film incentives,” Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry told Fox News. “We have a plethora of location looks – from big city to small town; from desert on the edge of town to Ponderosa pines and a 10,600 foot mountain to the East.”

In a conversation with Fox411, Albuquerque’s Director of Communications in the Office of the Mayor, Dayna Gardner, spoke up about the financial impact bringing in productions like "Breaking Bad" had on the city. “The industry provides jobs for our citizens that are high-paying and creative. Local companies also benefit from having a production here, like lumber companies, hotels and restaurants, travel agencies, sign companies… in fact, almost all local businesses profit in some way. When "Breaking Bad" was filming, the direct spend per episode shot over eight days, was approximately a million dollars to the city.”
(The Location Guide)


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