Entertainment Thrives in Louisiana
World class incentives and educational funding continues Louisiana’s creative legacy
Louisiana’s history in the entertainment industry is prodigious, and there’s no stopping in sight. The state has consistently recognized its importance, backing the industry to keep the spotlights on.
Louisiana is an innovator in film production. Its pioneering Motion Picture Production Program was the first of its kind in the nation when it debuted in the early 2000s, and it continues to be a draw for film productions in the state, covering a portion of the costs for a broad range of production needs, including equipment rentals as well as cast and crew salaries for work performed in Louisiana.
LED also created the unique Entertainment Development Fund (EDF). EDF awards provide financial support for Louisiana’s content creators, while supporting education, training and job opportunities across the state’s film industry.
In addition to aiding the future digital media and film production workforce, Louisiana offers the Digital and Interactive Media and Software Program, providing tax credits for payroll and production expenditures. The program has helped secure multiple digital entertainment and software companies through the years, including the recent announcement of Possibility Space, a video game development studio launching in New Orleans.
The state’s entertainment outcomes continue to be recognized on the world stage, with 2021 seeing six Louisiana acts scoring Grammy wins and two Louisiana-made movies earning a total of four Academy Award nominations. Four additional Oscar nods went to other Louisiana-based artists.
2021 Project Expansions
Entertainment Development Fund empowers Louisiana’s filmmakers
Awards create employment and education opportunities creators industry-wide
Louisiana talent grabs Grammy wins, Oscar nominations
Louisiana-made films earn four Academy Award nominations; local artists snare six Grammy Awards
Swaybox Studios joins state’s Entertainment Job Creation Program
Jefferson Parish studio adding jobs thanks to Louisiana’s entertainment advantages
Louisiana is expanding interactive entertainment
Video game development studio launches in New Orleans, led by acclaimed founder
Diversity initiatives pledge to support young Louisiana artists
Entertainment stakeholders are bolstering the State of Louisiana’s support of diversity, equity and inclusion.