Why Louisiana Matters to Filming Projects

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by Leonard Alsfeld

Gnarled oaks and shadowy interiors are the backdrop of “The Beguiled,” a deliciously gothic Civil War drama filmed in New Orleans’ City Park and Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville, among other Louisiana locations. In May, the film won Sofia Coppola the best director honor at the Cannes Film Festival. Coppola is only the second woman in […]

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Featured Story: How FBT Film Helps Lure Productions to Louisiana

Posted on June 24th, 2017 by Leonard Alsfeld

When you sit down to watch a movie or television show, you may be looking to spend some time with your favorite characters, escape to a world of adventure or romance, or simply admire an artistic achievement. What you don’t see on the screen, however, is the long and bumpy road travelled by the producers, […]

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Marvel Selects Louisiana For New Television Series

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by Leonard Alsfeld

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development announced today that Marvel has begun production on a new television series – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – in Louisiana for the Freeform network. Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios, both part of the Walt Disney Company, will produce the project that features […]

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Using Historic & Film Tax Credits in Turnaround Management – New Orleans

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

The Turnaround Management Association of Louisiana will offer a program on Historic, New Market and Film Tax Credits on December 6, 2016 in New Orleans. The program will give a brief overview of federal and state historic tax credits and how they are used and monetized. The panel’s expert include our own Lenny Alsfeld and […]

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Good Bye Hollywood South

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

If you were born in 2004 and you’re now in 8th grade, you’ve never known a time when New Orleans wasn’t Hollywood South. Hold on to those memories. By the time you get to college nobody will believe you’d see Tom Cruise at the football game or Matthew McConaughey in the park. If things keep going the […]

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Best Places to Travel in 2016? New Orleans Ranks No. 2 in America, No. 7 in the World

Posted on July 7th, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

The results from Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey are here, and New Orleans ranks high among travelers. The survey ranks New Orleans No. 2 in the U.S., and No. 7 in the world.In the U.S. ranking, New Orleans comes in just behind Charleston, South Carolina. In the worldwide list, New Orleans is between […]

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State looks at ways to reform film tax credit program, retain once-booming industry

Posted on July 6th, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

More changes are likely coming to Louisiana’s controversial film tax credit program in the coming year. But it’s not just about money this time. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who announced Tuesday the launch of a full-scale review of the Motion Picture Production Tax Credit program, said his goal is to strengthen the movie industry here […]

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Gov. Edwards: Film Program Review to Focus on Creating a Sustainable Industry for Louisiana

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana Economic Development (LED) will execute a comprehensive review of the state’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit program, with recommendations for reform and best practices to be addressed in the 2017 fiscal session. The goal will be a sustainable Louisiana film and TV production industry that provides […]

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UNO gets help to build digital animation studio

Posted on June 13th, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

The University of New Orleans has been awarded a $94,000 to build a digital animation studio for students pursuing jobs in animation and special effects.The studio is expected to open next spring.Jeff Rinehart, an instructor in UNO’s fine arts department, led the effort to secure the grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents.The funds will […]

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Hollywood South: Lights, camera … cut?

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by Leonard Alsfeld

BATON ROUGE — Movie industry officials and economic developers predict the curtain will close on Hollywood South without revisions to Louisiana’s film tax credit program.Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson testified here Monday during the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee meeting the industry has already contracted by 80 percent since the Legislature capped the […]

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