Martinez will oversee both local movie production and the construction of the company’s $10 million studio in Ledbetter Heights. Already, 6.7 acres of land has already been prepped for the first phase of the two-phase projects, which ultimately aims to expand to 20 acres.
“I am honored that Nu Image/Millennium has place such trust and faith in my abilities,” Martinez said in a press release. “My experience over the last two and a half years working for them has been the best of my career. I look forward to building the new facility and bringing much more of Hollywood to Shreveport.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Mick Flannigan’s departure from Nu Image/Millennium. To produce movies for director Renny Harlin, Flannigan is moving to Lithuania. Since October 2006, the executive producer helped the company make seven films in Shreveport.
Martinez has worked on six of the projects, having started as an art department coordinator with “Cleaner” in early 2007 and most recently worked as a production supervisor on “Streets of Blood” in May and June. Before working with Nu Image/Millennium, he worked on “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “Ruffian" in Shreveport.
“We have watched all that Diego has accomplished over the last few years for us and are impressed,” said Avi Lerner, a founding partner with Nu Image/Millennium, in the press release. “He is the best choice for the studio and the best to continue with our studio’s building plans.”
PHOTO: Diego Martinez (left) on the set of "Streets of Blood." (Douglas Collier/The Times)