2018 Q1 Newsletter
2018 1st Quarter Newsletter
Normally our Q1 report would arrive in your inbox shortly after March 31st, but due to the abundance of positive news to share, and an upcoming first-of-it’s-kind Film Entertainment Summit on March 27th, I just couldn’t wait!
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the results of our efforts last spring have restored confidence in Louisiana as a premier destination for film production. Our studios are at capacity; local film offices are reporting an uptick in inquiries; crews are working; local businesses and vendors are busy; and most importantly, we are feeling the impact across the state. New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, River Parishes, Northshore, and Shreveport are all hosting film production.
Last week, the National Endowment of the Arts released the results of an extensive and insightful study that states movie production added $2.7 billion to Louisiana’s economy in 2015. The latest year of analysis shows two times the national average. Our industry alone employed directly over 8,200 workers, who earned $383 million in household earnings. This report sheds light on what we’ve known and experienced all along: Film equals high paying jobs for our residents.
As we move into the regular legislative session this week, remember this is not a “Fiscal” session, meaning no changes can be introduced to our current program. It does not mean, however, that we rest on our laurels. LFEA will closely monitor the daily events in the legislature and will alert you if there arises anything of concern.
Meanwhile, I encourage everyone to send a personal email the Governor and your local legislators to thank them for protecting our livelihood and bringing stability back to an important industry to Louisiana’s economy. They need to hear that business is back and looking up!
The impact of our collective efforts is being felt on our membership side as well. Over the past two months LFEA has bolstered our organization with the addition of two new Executive Board Members and nine new Corporate Sponsors!
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Local 600 (Camera Union) – Jack Neely
Kingfisher Media –Rory Fradella
St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission
Iron Grip Rigging
Creative Film Connections
Along with your support, our new board members and sponsors will help us continue to work tirelessly to promote and protect our industry. If you or your company are interested in supporting the continued important work that LFEA is accomplishing, please reach out to us at info@LFEA.org.
Finally, all of this culminates with the LED Entertainment Summit sponsored by LFEA. The summit is set for March 27 from 7:30a – 3:30p at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge.
LED has programmed the summit to focus on the 2017 enhancements to the incentive programs. I will be introducing Governor Edwards as the keynote speaker during the luncheon. LED Secretary Don Pierson and Jerry Brandt, SVP of Finance of CBS Studios will be headlining as well.
The daylong summit will include breakout sessions with Louisiana Entertainment managers presenting film, digital, music and live performance opportunities in the state. There will also be a panel discussion with representatives of Louisiana companies who are active in those fields.
I highly encourage you all to register, so that together we can represent the film industry well.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope to see you in Baton Rouge on March 27th! And if you missed them, click on the links below to see the most recent positive press concerning the film industry.
Trey Burvant, President
Louisiana Film Entertainment Association
Recent News Coverage
WBRZ- Baton Rouge
WAFB – Baton Rouge
KSLA – Shreveport