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Film office wants to lure game and app developers

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By JERI CLAUSING
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says the industry is thriving in the state, and he hopes to expand the momentum by luring gaming and app developers.

Maniatis discussed his efforts Wednesday at an Albuquerque hearing of the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee. He says he is trying to set up a private fund to also grow the gaming and app industries.

Maniatis says that since the state passed its so-called "Breaking Bad" bill to up incentives for television productions, the number of series being filmed in New Mexico has grown from two to five. And two more potential shows are on the horizon.

The state's film industry slumped after Gov. Susana Martinez took office in 2011 and tried to cut an incentive program that helped lure major productions here to film. But the state has seen a steady uptick over the past two years.

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