Gov. Edwards to lead business development mission to California


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is leading a business development mission to promote the state as a prime location for the film industry.

Edwards will be joined by Department of Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson and Louisiana Economic Development officials. They’ll leave for California on Sunday. 

“Louisiana has been a major production destination since we were one of the first states to adopt an incentive program in 2002,” Gov. Edwards said. “The enhancements that we made to the program have created stability for Louisiana’s budget, and also created certainty for the industry we are seeking to attract. More importantly, this program provides more opportunities for companies to invest in Louisiana and hire our residents for well-paying, full-time jobs. We have seen tremendous recent success, including more recurring TV series, such as NCIS: New Orleans, Cloak & Dagger, Claws and Queen Sugar. We have also seen a 200 percent increase in independent film activity since July 1, 2017, over the previous 18 months. The economic impact of this industry is clear, and we are excited to bring back more of this business home.”

In the past three years (fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018), Louisiana’s motion picture production incentive has attracted productions that have estimated spending of more than $1.29 billion in Louisiana, including $634 million on Louisiana resident payroll.

Edwards and Robinson will meet Monday with executives from Netflix, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, and Walt Disney Studios.  On Tuesday, they’ll meet with executives from HBO, Hulu, CBS and Sony.  

The group will return to Louisiana on Wednesday.

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