Lights, Camera, ACTION: New Mexico, HOT Ticket for the TV/Film Industry

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Lunch & Learn
11:30 am - 01:00 pm
Lights, Camera, ACTION: New Mexico, HOT Ticket for the TV/Film Industry


Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul. The Brave. Waco. The Night ShiftIndependence Day: Resurgence. No Country for Old Men. We’re the Millers. 3:10 to YumaCity Slickers. The Magnificent Seven. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

These films and TV series are just the tip of the iceberg of the burgeoning TV/film industry in New Mexico. In August 2017, Governor Susana Martinez announced that film and television production contributed more than half a billion dollars to New Mexico’s economy in 2016, shattering the previous record by more than $115 million.

“The New Mexico film industry is an economic engine for the city and state, providing high paying, non-polluting and creative jobs to our area,” notes Ann Lerner, head of the City of Albuquerque’s Film Office.

“Continued growth in the industry means not only dollars into the economy, but also more employment opportunities for New Mexicans,” says New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “This is the diversity the New Mexico economy needs.”

Join NMAMA at our February 22 Lunch & Learn to hear more from these two key figures in New Mexico’s film and TV industry. Ann Lerner and Nick Maniatis will discuss how the industry is a top economic driver for Albuquerque and New Mexico, including:

  • How they market the city and the state to the TV/film industry
  • What steps they have taken to ensure Albuquerque and New Mexico remain great choices for production
  • How almost every business in Albuquerque and New Mexico benefits from the film industry
  • How you can get involved: be a background extra on set, have your home used as a film location

WHEN: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
WHERE: Artichoke Cafe
424 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

COST: $25 AMA members (must be a current AMA member)
$40 Non-member guests

RSVP & PAYMENT: Click here to register and pay.

Ann Lerner heads up the City of Albuquerque’s Film Office. She and her team handle marketing, location scouting, production meetings, community walk-throughs, on-site visits, location follow-ups, and coordination of special screenings. She has been involved with job training, business recruitment, educational opportunities and community outreach. Ann brings a twenty year background in the film industry to the office, as an owner/line producer for her own commercial film production company, specializing in TV commercials. She has produced local, regional and national television commercials, filming on location all over the United States, and Toronto. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas in Special Education, and taught special needs children before entering the world of film. Ann serves on the CNM Advisory Board and the University of Kansas Film Advisory Board.

Nick Maniatis was appointed Director of the New Mexico Film Office in July 2011. Since then he has overseen the expansion and growth of a program that has seen three consecutive record breaking years, with a direct spend from all productions totaling close to two billion dollars. He began his career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, working in different capacities on TV shows such as Candid Camera, A Different World, and Grace Under Fire and is a former member of the Directors Guild of America and the New Mexico Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries. He previously served as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Independent Power Producers and lobbied the New Mexico Legislature for an array of clients. Recently, Nick was re-elected for a third term as the First Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Film Commissioners International.

More information:

KRQE.com, 1/4/18: New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame to open in February

Variety, 11/30/17: Recovering From a Lull, Film and TV Production in New Mexico Is Back in Business

Albuquerque Business First, 8/10/17: NM film industry sees record-breaking boom


February 22
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Artichoke Cafe
424 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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