New Mexico crew boards sci-fi series


Apocalyptic drama The Messengers will begin principal photography in Aleburquerque, New Mexico next week, employing at least 300 local crew members from the state.

The CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment-produced series will also hire at least 3,100 locals as background talent, as well as giving a boost to local businesses.

Filming will take place from mid-August through mid-December, and will be executive produced by Trey Callaway (Revolution, CSI: NY), Basil Iwanyk (The Town, The Expendables franchise) and co-executive producers Eoghan O'Donnell, Kent Kubena, Ava Jamshidi and Duane Clark.

The sci-fi series, which will air on The CW, follows a group of strangers who become connected after a mysterious object plummets in the New Mexico desert, and follows a successful pilot which also filmed in Albuquerque. The show stars Shantel VanSanten, Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D'Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, Craig Frank and Diogo Morgado.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said: "We are delighted to welcome The Messengers back to Albuquerque. Having these 12 episodes filmed here will be incredibly beneficial to our community because of the longer-term, high paying, creative jobs for the crew and the peripheral benefits to local businesses."

It was revealed last month that since mid-2009, film production spending in New Mexico has created around 15,900 full-time jobs.

Joel Courtney