L.A. upset La. is stealing movie business
BATON ROUGE- Hollywood South has struck a nerve with the other Hollywood- in California- and it means there could be an entertainment war.
The mayor of Los Angeles has declared an "emergency," and vows to fight the exodus of production crews from his city. To do that, there is a new film czar, who will lead the task of fighting-off places like Louisiana, with lucrative tax credits, and keep films in L.A. Variety reported Monday.
"No state is entitled to a thriving film industry. Just like with any other industry, states have to fight and compete for great-paying, non-polluting jobs," Patrick Mulhearn said. Mulhearn is the private film czar in South Louisiana, and has been at the helm of Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre watching crews with large and small budgets help cement the idea that movies can be shot outside the Golden State.
"Louisiana has proven we can compete with anyone," Mulhearn said.
Louisiana's tax credits, while controversial and often debated, have been the reason many studios select the area to shoot film industry insiders have said.
Currently, "Left Behind" is filming in Baton Rouge and "Fantastic Four" is expected to being production in September.
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