Friday, January 9, 2009

NM in the News: Reelz & Shiprock teen

From the Reelz website:


Network Devoted to "TV About Movies" Finds Unique Opportunities, Flourishing Movie Industry, and Streamlined Operations in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO [January 7, 2009] - At a joint press conference hosted today by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, ReelzChannel® – TV About Movies – announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Albuquerque, New Mexico in early 2009, according to Stan E. Hubbard, Chairman and CEO of ReelzChannel.

The New Mexico Film Office teamed up with the local Hubbard-owned KOB-TV and the New Mexico Partnership to present ReelzChannel with the new opportunity - identifying the national TV network as an important entertainment property to attract to the Southwest's flourishing movie and television industry.

"We are excited to welcome ReelzChannel to New Mexico and into our state's thriving television and film industry," Governor Richardson said. "The network's decision to relocate operations to New Mexico is a testament to the hard work we've put into making our state a world-class production destination. We look forward to growing that reputation through this new partnership."

ReelzChannel is extremely excited about the move, the benefits offered by the new partnership and the opportunity to increase its commitment and effectiveness by consolidating all operational elements in a single facility:

"ReelzChannel has been bringing 'TV About Movies' to a growing number of American households, now more than 43 million, with great success, and with this move we are now solidly positioned for our next wave of growth, and for the next level of great programming for our viewers," said Stan Hubbard. "New Mexico is the ideal home for the channel devoted to everything about movies – given the State's bustling movie growth, its highly skilled and creative talent pool, and the opportunities to streamline operations in ways that allow ReelzChannel to build on its commitment to movie fans, movie makers and movie distributors everywhere."

Frequently called "Hollywood Southwest," New Mexico is a fast-growing hotbed of film and television production. The State is already home to more than 30 different film festivals and a multitude of special film screenings and movie premieres, as well as film training programs. In a short time, the State has also proactively recruited and cultivated a talented workforce of film technicians and crew and has succeeded in attracting more than 115 Hollywood feature film productions, including recent blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, No Country for Old Men, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 3:10 to Yuma, Terminator Salvation, and more.

Owned by satellite television pioneer Hubbard Media Group, the ReelzChannel network and website brands were first launched in September 2006 and are currently headquartered in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul--with programming, production, and promotion in Los Angeles and offices in New York and Chicago.

With the new move, the programming, production, web development, creative services, marketing and communications divisions all will be housed and operated out of one location for the first time. Advertising sales will remain in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and a Los Angeles bureau will be established for coverage of major entertainment and movie stories and events...

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Reelz will have a job fair for its Albuquerque operations on Tuesday, January 13 from 10 am – 8 pm at the Embassy Suites & Spa on Woodward Place. More info on jobs at:

From the Farmington Daily Times:

Shiprock teen co-stars in independent film
By Alysa Landry The Daily Times
Posted: 01/09/2009 12:00:00 AM MST
SHIPROCK — As the film industry shows increasing interest in New Mexico, one Shiprock man is reaping the benefits.

Meet 18-year-old Shelby Lincoln Mark, who last year was voted "best dressed" by his peers at Shiprock High School and this year is appearing in his first feature-length film.

The independently produced film "Jordan" hits theaters this year and has prompted Mark, a freshman at the University of New Mexico studying political science, to make a lofty New Year's resolution.

"I want to do two more movies this year," he said. "Maybe a horror movie or something with zombies."

Mark dabbled in acting during high school, appearing last spring in a production of "Joseph of the Village" at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center. But the teen said he always believed he was destined for something bigger...

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