Sunday, May 23, 2010

I-25 Studio in the News; NM Film Gets Play on CNN

Good update on the work going on to upgrade what is now called I-25 Studios -- and the recent "Building Up America" visit from CNN.

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Once-Closed Philips Facility Finds New Life in TV and Films Almost Serendipitously

By Dan Mayfield

Of the Journal

          Watch for the sign that will go up this week on the new I-25 Studios near Alameda and Interstate 25. 
        The former Philips microchip manufacturing plant has found a second life as a movie studio along the I-25 corridor. 
        Many will remember when the building opened as Albuquerque's largest high-tech manufacturing facility in the 1980s under the Signetics name, then changed to Philips in the 1990s. But by 2004, the giant sat empty, and the millions in high-tech equipment was gone. 
        In 2006, though, Titan Development bought the building with the intention of redeveloping it into a business park. 
        Then, said Drew Dolan, I-25 Studios director of development, the city's film liaison Ann Lerner called and asked whether "The Lost Room" miniseries could use the building as a studio. 
        "We did a deal and had three more right away," Dolan said. "We decided to focus on the opportunity that we have today."
        Since then, 14 shows have used the site as a studio, and it has been the home of the TV series "In Plain Sight" and "Easy Money."
        But it was never quite right. It was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and the whole place had an improvised feel. Now, said CEO Rick Clemente, the company has decided to go full bore and upgrade it for use as a studio. Simple things, he said, are making a huge difference...
        N.M. in spotlight
        New Mexico's film industry was featured this last week on CNN as part of its "Building Up America" series, which profiles economic engines across the country. 
        The video stars Eric Witt, Gov. Bill Richardson's deputy chief of staff, taking the correspondent through downtown Santa Fe and several shots of crews working on films. Of course, there are several scenes from movies made here, like "Crazy Heart" and "No Country for Old Men." Overall, it says that we've found a way to beat the recession in at least one industry, but it's light on substance. The report is still available at

Read the full article at Once-Closed Philips Facility Finds New Life in TV and Films Almost Serendipitously

And from CNN's "Building Up America Tour"

New Mexico's Blockbuster Boom:
Lights, Cameras... Cowboys!:
Lessons from the Navajo:
Navajo Farm Fund Finds Formula for Success:
Where the Rubber... and the Politics... Really Hit the Road:
Solar Power Heats Up Job Market: