828 Productions of California to Build Major Movie Studio in New Mexico | New

California-based 828 Productions has chosen Las Cruces, New Mexico, as its headquarters and plans to open a major film production studio soon.

The company plans to invest $75 million to build a 300,000-square-foot studio and 20-acre back lot, New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham has confirmed.

828 Productions began ramping up its production efforts in May, filling key positions and purchasing a 7,500 square foot factory. 50-meter office building in downtown Las Cruces for training, post-production and visual effects.

The state of New Mexico commits $3 million to development from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job creation fund to meet its full-time employment goal of 100 minimum positions.

Pending approval, the City of Las Cruces will inject an additional $897,000 into the local LEDA through capital appropriations, with an additional $2.8 million set aside by the Las Cruces City Council for movie infrastructure .

828 has confirmed an additional 35 acres of land in downtown Las Cruces, with existing structures that will provide a soundstage and building space.

“New Mexico is seeing record numbers of film and television industry productions and record spending, and that’s no accident,” Grisham said. “Not only are we investing in studios like 828 Productions, but we’re expanding industry workforce training with a new film school in Albuquerque and Las Cruces – and it’s paying off. We’re extremely excited. to welcome 828 Productions to Las Cruces, as well as the well-paying local jobs and industry growth it will bring to the entire state.

Along with existing studio giants Netflix and NBCUniversal, 828 Productions will become the state’s third-largest film partner, bolstered by revisions made in 2019 to New Mexico’s film tax credits to catalyze ongoing investment.

The city is also included in New Mexico’s “uplift” film incentive zone, offering film productions an additional 5% discount on films to shoot there, for a total potential incentive of 35%. The incentive resulted in a 650% increase in direct spending in rural areas of the state in 2021.

828 Productions recent credits include: K. Asher Levin’s millennial dark comedy Helen is deadRobert Rippberger’s haunted house thriller those who leave, Nominated for the Special Grand Prize of the Deauville Festival the last sonCamille Delmarre’s action movie Assassin’s Club, and winner of the SXSW Grand Jury PrizeThe consequences.

“We were looking for a home for 828 Studios and fell in love with Las Cruces,” said Todd Lundbohm, Founder and CEO of 828 Productions. “It’s a booming city, with a wealth of opportunities just waiting to be tapped.”

The California-based company plans to shoot its first production at the new studio before the end of 2022 and spend $350 million on productions over the next decade.

Marjorie N. McClure