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Film permits on the rise in ABQ

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The popular “Breaking Bad” television series that was filmed in Albuquerque may be over, but interest in the city as a filming destination is on the rise.

The Albuquerque film office says it processed 23 permits for various productions last week, more than double seen in a typical week.

Mayor Richard Berry says the uptick in interest is evidence of the city’s success in creating a film-friendly environment.

The permits are used to enable filming in public areas while minimizing their impact on traffic, emergency services and neighborhoods.

There are currently five large productions in Albuquerque and numerous smaller ones, the city says, including the thriller “Big Sky” starring Kyra Sedgwick, “La Vida Robot” with George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis and two network television series, “Night Shift” and “Killer Women.”

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