Gov. Edwards in California lining up business for Hollywood South

October 01, 2018 - 10:07 am
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Governor John Bel Edwards is in California to promote Louisiana as a prime location for TV and film production. A delegation from Louisiana is meeting with executives from Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Walt Disney Studios to name a few. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly say they will promote the state’s revised film tax incentives.

"This will let our network of studio partners know that we really want (their) business.  We're here to promote Louisiana as the place to do business," said Stelly.
 
The legislature made changes to the state’s film tax credit program in 2017. Stelly says with this trip they are highlighting the benefits of those changes.

"Anytime you can get an opportunity to get an audience that we've been able to pull together, it is always a good time to educate them and answer any questions they may have," said Stelly.

Stelly says with the trip, they are highlighting that Louisiana has strengths in more than just being a location for filming, but for post production and other aspects of the business.

"We've always had a great relationship with all of those studios that we're meeting with, but we're excited to let those guys know what we have to offer and we are certainly opening the door for all of their business," said Stelly.
 
The governor's office says the film industry has spent about one-point-three-billion dollars in Louisiana since mid-2016, including 634-million dollars on Louisiana resident payroll.  
 

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