film industry

Business & Technology
8:32 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Louisiana Woos Movie Industry With Tax Credits

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 11:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Louisiana is known as the pelican state, but it's now trying out a new nickname, Hollywood South. Thanks to some very generous tax credits more movies are filmed in Louisiana than any other state, California included. From New Orleans, Kate Richardson of member station WWNO has the story.

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Latest News
8:07 am
Mon November 10, 2014

FBI Expands Investigation Into State Film Tax Credit Program

The FBI is widening its investigation into possible fraud in the state’s film tax-credit program.

The New Orleans Advocate reports producer George Kostuch is suspected of bilking the state over inflated production costs.

Two filmmakers pleaded guilty last year to federal wire fraud charges, and are now cooperating with federal investigators.

The FBI wrote in a search warrant application that the scheme was carried out on the motion pictures Xtinction: Predator X, Sports Trivia Clash and Mysterious Island.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisiana's Film Industry Thrives, But At What Cost?

The carpentry workshop at Big Easy Studios in New Orleans East prepares for an upcoming production.
Kate Richardson WWNO

The entertainment industry is synonymous with Hollywood. But in recent years lots of film and TV production has migrated to what’s now become commonly known as “Hollywood South.” Louisiana and Georgia form the core of this new industry hub because both states offer tax incentives to film and TV productions. 

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Latest News
7:20 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hollywood South Expanding Clean Energy Options

Hollywood Trucks Ecoluxe trailer is now available for production locations.
Credit Hollywood Trucks

Hollywood South is expanding in a new direction. A new eco-friendly trailer just unveiled in New Orleans is available for A-listers and others involved in the film industry.

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Latest News
4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

More Movie Theaters May Soon Be Allowed To Serve Alcohol

Movie theaters may soon be allowed to obtain liquor licenses.
queenkv Flickr

Legislation legalizing the sale of alcohol at more movie theaters won final passage Friday in the Louisiana legislature, the Times-Picayune reports.

Senate Bill 654 narrowly passed the House. It would allow movie theaters to obtain liquor licenses as long as the alcohol sales are separate from other concessions being sold.

It now heads to Governor Jindal for a signature to become law.

Five Louisiana movie theaters received their liquor permits prior to 1994, and already sell alcohol.

Take Five
7:33 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Take Five: Oscar-Nominated Makeup Artist Hopes To Win For Her Work In 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in the fact-based drama Dallas Buyers Club.
Anne Marie Fox

 

There was a moment for Robin Mathews two years ago, while she was spreading grits and cornmeal all over Matthew McConaughey’s face, when she thought, “This is either going to be the end of my career or the beginning of it.”

Fortunately, it turned out to be a major new beginning. Mathews’ work as makeup department head for the film Dallas Buyer’s Club earned the New Orleans native an Oscar nomination.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Out To Lunch: Tinsel Town

Lenny Alsfeld and Susan Brennan, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term "Hollywood South" is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Part of the reason for the growth is financial — state tax credits — and the other part is the crew and facilities now available here.

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Take Five
5:25 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hollywood South Casting Finds Local Talent, Anywhere

A 'casting composite'.
Credit Allen Murabayashi

Thanks to today’s technology, we can now do many things without leaving the comfort of our homes.  That now includes becoming a movie star. Casting director James Bearb, founder and CEO of Hollywood South Casting discusses this evolving facet of the film industry.  

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Red River Radio
11:35 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Shreveport's Moonbot Studios boosts Chipotle's profile

The new online animated short commercial for Chipotle Mexican Grill has gone viral -- more than 5 million YouTube views and counting. It has Shreveport creative firm Moonbot Studios to thank. Moonbot partner Brandon Oldenburg is surprised by how many people have checked it out.

“We’re abashed. We’re amazed by watching these numbers go up as far as the amount of views," Oldenburg said, during an interview at Moonbot's Shreveport office.

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Red River Radio
10:56 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Louisiana Film Prize narrows to 20 finalists

Twenty filmmakers have advanced in the Louisiana Film Prize contest vying for a $50,000 prize that will be handed out in October. It is the second year of the short film contest that is expected to draw 3,000 movie buffs to downtown Shreveport for the festival weekend.

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