LT. GOV. LANDRIEU TO ADDRESS HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS ON LOUISIANA'S FILM INCENTIVES -- 07/18/2005
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JULY 18, 2005
To Deliver Keynote at Prestigious “Producers Guild of America” in Los Angeles
Baton Rouge, LA – The Producers Guild of America today announced that Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu is set to deliver the keynote address at their seminar on state and federal incentives for motion picture and television production. Held in Los Angeles on July 30, 2005, the seminar is designed to prevent “runaway production,” or those outsourced to countries overseas, by educating producers about incentive programs offered in America. Landrieu will describe Louisiana’s program, arguably the most successful and competitive in the nation.
"Thanks to smart incentives and an internationally competitive recruitment program, Louisiana is reaping the economic benefits of a burgeoning film industry," said Landrieu. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to share our success with the PGA and to go back to Hollywood and market Louisiana to the industry for more movies and strategic investments. I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to talk about our new incentive for infrastructure development, which is key to making this a permanent industry in Louisiana. I will push this aggressively as part of our Cultural Economy Initiative."
"Louisiana is very enthusiastic about the film industry," said Governor Kathleen Blanco. "It's an important industry that brings good jobs to Louisiana's creative, talented workforce. I'm pleased that Lieutenant Governor Landrieu is representing Louisiana at this important meeting of Hollywood producers. I have asked him to help me make sure that Louisiana remains a top destination for film production in the nation and the world."
The Producers Guild of America represents nearly 2,500 producers and members of the producing team in film, television, and new media.
Attached please find the press release issued by the Producers Guild of America.
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THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES
Highlights include a panel of industry professionals moderated by Robert Dowling of the Hollywood Reporter, a networking session with film commissioners from states with aggressive tax incentive programs, and a keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Mitchell Landrieu of the State of Louisiana.
The seminar brings together key producers and numerous state film commissioners battling runaway production, as well as experts on utilizing and facilitating tax incentives, enabling producers to learn from each others’ successes and promoting collaboration to strengthen domestic economies. The committee is privileged to welcome Lt. Governor Landrieu as the keynote speaker, and anticipates a results-oriented address concerning Louisiana’s successful incentives program, how those incentives have benefited their state, and how producers can best utilize the program incentives.
The committee is pleased to welcome Film Commissioners from states with strong production incentives in place: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Vermont (at press time).
They will be available following the panel discussion to meet with attendees, answer questions, and address how best to take advantage of their programs. Film commission representatives from states with pending incentives will also be participating, including California.
Moderated by Robert Dowling of the Hollywood Reporter, a strong advocate for bringing production back to the United States, the panel is comprised of producers who have made films in states with tax incentives, studio executives who can shed light on how tax incentives impact the decision-making process regarding where films are shot, and tax experts who can help to relate this wealth of information to practical budgeting and production strategies. At press time, the panelists are:
Mitch Landrieu was inaugurated as Louisiana’s 56th Lieutenant Governor in January of 2004. Prior to his election, he served in the state’s House of Representatives for sixteen years, earning a reputation as a coalition builder and legislative workhorse, and as a strong advocate for the successful film tax credit program. “Thanks to smart incentives and an internationally competitive recruitment program,” says Landrieu, “Louisiana is reaping the economic benefits of a burgeoning film industry. I am pleased to have the opportunity to share our success with the PGA and to go back to Hollywood and market Louisiana to the industry.”
This seminar offers a rich variety of experienced professionals sharing their knowledge, insights and dedication to strengthening film production in the USA. The doors of the Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave @ San Vicente Los Angeles) will open at 8:30 a.m. for the seminar which will run from 9:00 a.m. to l:00 p.m. The seminar is free for Producers Guild of America members, $75 for non-members if purchased in advance, and $100 at the door. Parking is $6, (Enter main gate: Pacific Design Center Dr). RSVP by July 28th (4:00pm) to the PGA Office (310) 358-9020 x2027. Light refreshments will be served.