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Play Button  Backgrounder - Louisiana: The State We're In previews this month’s Louisiana Public Square.
Play Button  Extra - April 18, 2011- Sherri McConnell, Executive Director, Louisiana Entertainment
Play Button  Extra - Tax Credit Defined - Chris Stelly with Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development explains Louisiana’s film tax credit incentive.
Play Button  Extra - Entertainment Business Destination - Chris Stelly with Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development describes how the credits were expanded in 2009.
Play Button  Extra - Opportunity Right Here - Chris Stelly with Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development says the tax breaks are stopping the brain drain.
Play Button  Extra - Not Temporary - Chris Stelly with Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development disputes that film industry jobs created are temporary.
Play Button  Extra - Indigenous Industry - Chris Stelly with Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development shares his hope for the film industry.
Play Button  Extra - Every Corner Of The State - Chris Stelly with Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development says the incentive touches every part of the state.
Play Button  Extra - Tax Credits Worth It? - LSU Economist James Richardson, Ph.D. says the credits don’t return what the state gives out.
Play Button  Extra - Great for the Humanities - Mari Kornhauser, LSU professor and scriptwriter for the HBO series Treme feels her experience can help her in the classroom.
Play Button  Extra - Traffic Jam of Productions - Mari Kornhauser, LSU professor and scriptwriter for the HBO series Treme feels the incentives are highly successful.
Play Button  Extra - Learning Experience for them - Troy Landry, cast member for the Swamp People reality series says the production opened the eyes of the producers.
Play Button  Extra - Big Plus for Tourism - Troy Landry, cast member for the Swamp People reality series says the program has brought tourism to his area.
Play Button  Extra - Money into the Area - Troy Landry, cast member for the Swamp People reality series says his communities and others around the state are profiting from the series.
Play Button  Extra - A Livelihood - Diego Martinez, President of Shreveport’s Millenium Studio says despite the loss of tax revenue the incentives create jobs.
Play Button  Extra - A Louisiana Industry -Diego Martinez, President of Shreveport’s Millenium Studio describes how facilities around the state have opened up major areas to film production.
Play Button  Extra - 80% Hires - Diego Martinez, President of Shreveport’s Millenium Studio says that the incentive to hire Louisiana labor is reaping rewards.

05/11 - Lights, Camera, Louisiana!

Who profits from filmmaking in the state? (Battle: Los Angeles - Photo by RICHARD CARTWRIGHT/Columbia Pictures)

Battle: Los Angeles - Photo by RICHARD CARTWRIGHT/Columbia Pictures

Thanks to special tax incentives, Louisiana has become one of the most popular locations in the country for film and television production. More than 300 movies and TV shows have been shot in the state over the last ten years, generating a reported $1.5 billion in economic activity. But some analysts say the benefits of film tax credits are overstated and they often don’t even pay for themselves. Explore who profits from filmmaking in the state on “Lights, Camera, Louisiana!” Wednesday, May 25th at 7 p.m. on Louisiana Public Square.

Backgrounder

While Louisiana’s rich culture and unique history has always attracted its share of films, film production has now become a major industry in the state. In 2002, Louisiana was the first state in the country to enact motion picture tax credit legislation. Then state Senator Jay Dardenne and former state Representative Steve Scalise shepherded passage of the “Louisiana Motion Picture Incentive Act” setting up a film tax incentive program. Since the legislation was passed, nearly 500 movies and television shows have been filmed in Louisiana. Productions in 2010 alone, according to a recent Louisiana Economic Development Report, created an economic impact of $1.1 billion.

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EXTERNAL LINKS:

LouisianaEntertainment.gov – Louisiana’s entertainment industry tax incentive portfolio

Louisiana Productions by Year

Television Productions by Year

Economic Impact of Louisiana’s Entertainment Incentives – Study commissioned by Louisiana Economic Development

Not Much Bang For Too Many Bucks – Analysis of film subsidies by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Florida digital media company relocates to Louisiana due to tax incentives.


This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association
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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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