New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced earlier this week that the first season of television series “The Brave,” produced by Universal Television and Keshet Studios, will begin principal photography this month and continuing through December, with production taking place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
There are so many productions being announced recently in New Mexico that it’s hard to keep track (see the New Mexico Film in the News section on our Media page), but this one seems particularly notable to us for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s for NBC, which already has two series going in New Mexico: ‘The Night Shift,’ currently filming its fourth season at Albuquerque Studios, and ‘MidnightTexas,’ which spent millions building a small town on the back lot of ABQ Studios and will have its premiere next Monday on NBC.
The second reason is the job creation that will be driven by this production, and while the numbers for this production are impressive — according to the film office the production will employ approximately 600 New Mexico crew members, 180 resident actors and stunt players, and approximately 4,000 New Mexico background talent — sometimes the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
So this time, after the usual publicity material about the show, the release gives us an awesome and lengthy paragraph listing out 16 New Mexico residents working in nearly every key and department head position on the show, most of whom it should be noted oversee departments that employee dozens of other skilled New Mexico residents. It really drives home for us the depth of skill and talent that we have built up in the state which has taken many years to develop and grow. Read the whole thing here.