The state of New Mexico is one of three U.S. states where domestic run-away productions are the highest. The other two states include Georgia & Louisiana. The “International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts” (IATSE) has grown 800% in 14 years. There were only 188 members back in the year 2000 with the state's “IATSE local 480.” That membership has grown to 1,028 employees by the end of 2013.
New Mexico state Governor, Susana Martinez signed the “Breaking Bad” TV bill after the popular show. It filmed entirely in the state for 5 TV seasons & the bill follows the formula that if & when a TV production films longer in New Mexico. The tax incentives rise to 30%. The “Albuquerque Journal” newspaper reported that the bill now kicks in after a TV show films after 6 episodes.
The longer a TV show films in the state. It gives more employment for local IATSE members & the pool of acting talent who reside in New Mexico. That includes Native American men & women. There was a recent casting call for natives with the new TV show, “Manhattan” for the WGN cable network. That show will premiere July 17, 2014 & was shot entirely at Santa Fe & Rio Rancho.
According to the official press release from the “New Mexico Film Office” (NMFO). The FOX Television series called “Hieroglyph” began filming at Albuquerque back in mid-March & will continue through July of 2014. FOX ordered 13 episodes & will premiere as a mid-season replacement show in the 2014-15 TV season. The production hired 150 local crew members plus 150 background extra talent.
Mayor Richard Berry said, “We are thrilled that Fox has chosen to bring the production of 'Hieroglyph' to Albuquerque. These projects generally involve both direct and indirect benefits to our local economy and we welcome their team and look forward to working with them.”
According to official website of “Hieroglyph.” The synopsis is right here. “The world of ancient Egypt - a time of magic, pharaohs, gods and thieves - lives again in 'Hieroglyph', an exciting action-adventure series. When a dangerous scroll, 'The Book of Thresholds' is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault - master thief 'Ambrose' is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator.”
“Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits - Ambrose quickly learns that his prison cell might be safer than the dangerous new world in which he finds himself, 'Atum', the empire’s capital. Ambrose must answer to Pharaoh 'Shai Kanakht', a god in the flesh, a young ruler with a cool charm and a violent, frightening temper. The question for Ambrose is not whether he can trust his new boss, but whether he can trust anyone.”