If A&E is unable to resolve its dispute with the cast of Duck Dynasty, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is prepared to use his influence among Louisiana’s growing motion picture industry to seek out alternative production options.
"Regardless of one's views on Phil Robertson's statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut. Their show draws tens of millions of viewers each year, reaching an audience eager to visit Sportsman's Paradise," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program.”
As a state senator, Lt. Governor Dardenne authored the film and television tax credits, which are credited for the expansion of the industry in Louisiana. As lieutenant governor, he oversaw the most prosperous year for tourism in the state's history. In 2012, more than 26.3 million people visited Louisiana, contributing $665 million in tax revenue and $10.7 billion in direct economic impact. The tourism industry now accounts for one in 10 jobs, the highest level in history.