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LFEA President's Report: Film Keeps Rollin'!

On Monday, November 4, State Senator J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans convened the first meeting of the Entertainment Industry Development Advisory Commission. The Commission was established by Senate Resolution 132 of the 2013 Legislative Session and is charged with studying ways to (i) reduce the entertainment industry’s reliance on tax credits and (ii) help make the entertainment industry self-sustaining on a long term basis. The Commission is made up of industry professionals, legislative leaders, administration officials, fiscal experts, financial professionals, and higher-education representatives. It will meet bi-monthly from now until it issues its findings/recommendations in a report in advance of the 2015 Regular (Fiscal) Session. Due to LFEA’s strong industry presence, we were given two seats on the Advisory Commission to represent the entertainment business community. Melissa Wiseman of Entertainment Partners and I serve as the appointees for LFEA. 

The Commission represents an unprecedented opportunity to study and make recommendations towards increasing the state’s return on tax credit investment, eliminating fraud and abuse, and identifying and implementing a system of best practices. Slightly more than ten years ago, the Louisiana film tax credit was enacted without material debate or understanding. As it started to work and attract business, 40 other states copied Louisiana’s lead, again mostly without a true understanding of the industry or tax credit economics. The Louisiana program has been modified several times since then, but each modification has been characterized by intense political in-fighting as opposed to rational due diligence and productive debate. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that the issue has ever been brought up for consideration outside of the chaos of a legislative session in any state. And as a result of this posture, we are presented with an opportunity to discuss and deliberate the matter among the various interested parties with defenses down, wagons left uncircled, and minds open. 

This opportunity to work alongside our state and local leaders is another example of the benefits LFEA offers its membership.  We have become the strongest advocate for our industry in Louisiana and we need your support so we all can continue to live and work in this state. Today, I ask you to help us continue our momentum by renewing your LFEA membership and by asking your friends, family and business associates to join as well.  Now is the time to invest our resources into cementing Louisiana’s top position within the national film and entertainment industry. Please click here to renew your membership or call the LFEA office at (225) 767-7640.

Sincerely,

Will French

LFEA President

 

2013 Louisiana Legislative Session Recap

By: David Tatman, LFEA Lobbyist

The year that is 2013 has been a banner year for our industry. As the holiday season approaches, it is appropriate to look back on 2013 and consider all of the things we are thankful for.

I am thankful to be part of an industry that is so vital to our great state. The film and entertainment industry has meant so much to the people of Louisiana. I am thankful that the world has recognized the film and entertainment industry in Louisiana and what a great place it is to live, work and play. I am thankful for all of the talented, creative people who have come to Louisiana and for those who chose to stay. I am excited that our best and our brightest have the opportunity to be involved in such a dynamic industry without having to leave our state to do so.

I am thankful for you, the members of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association. It is through the collective efforts of each and every one of you that we are able to make this industry work for the people of Louisiana. Through your collective efforts we are stronger today and we will be stronger tomorrow.  I know that without you, our industry would look dramatically different today.

I am thankful for the Louisiana Legislature. Our legislative leaders had the vision and the foresight to create this program over a decade ago. They had the wisdom to ensure that changes to the program should be done in a way that maintains Louisiana’s competitive position in the industry. I appreciate the long hours and the work of the individual legislators and their thoughtful consideration of the proposals that are brought to them year after year.

I am thankful for Sen. Morrell and his establishment of the Entertainment Development Advisory Commission to review the state’s entertainment incentive laws for the film, music, digital media and live performance industries. This group is made up of the leaders from the private sector, non-profit and governmental entities involved in our industry. This Commission provides a tremendous opportunity to look at our industry in a different way and look at ways that we can improve this vibrant sector of our economy.

I am thankful to all of the leaders of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in our strategic planning retreat. The energy and commitment during those two days was incredible and will yield great dividends over the next few years. We are so fortunate to have leaders who understand that a successful industry takes vision and planning in order to prosper. Your leadership understands this and puts their time, energy and resources in to everything they do. We are so blessed that a group of highly successful people had the vision to create an organization that would lead the industry forward. I am blessed to be a part of that organization and to have the opportunity to work with these leaders day in and day out.

Finally, I want to thank my team. Every member of The Tatman Group is involved and engaged in ensuring the success of this industry. They are tireless in their efforts and a constant source of motivation for me.

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Membership Meeting to be held at 4:00p.m. on December 9, 2013 at LABI Conference Center in Baton Rouge.

 

NVT Foundation Holds Inaugural Awards Ceremony

On Saturday, November 30, 2013, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation hosted the Inaugural NVT Awards Ceremony, to commend individuals for outstanding performance in the film, theater, broadcasting and voice-over industries in Louisiana. 

The Foundation's top accolade, the NVT Louisiana Star Performer Award, was presented to Susie Labry. This award honors "the individual who has made an outstanding and significant contribution to the Performing Arts Community in Louisiana, whether in the movie or theater industries, broadcasting, or voice-over." According to the NVT, Susie Labry was a "runaway leader" of nominations, which were accepted from members of the performing arts community. 

Lorraine LeBlanc was awarded the NVT Cast Award for her contribution to the Programs and Productions of the NOLA Voice Talent Foundation.  Lorraine will make her 3rd appearance in the NVT's 2013 production of "It's a Wonderful Life."

The Most Valuable Performer award was presented to Bill Lee, recognizing him as the NVT member who had made a most significant contribution to the Foundation. Bill will make his 5th appearance as he stars alongside Lorraine in "It's a Wonderful Life."

Congratualtions, Susie, Lorraine and Bill!

Susie Labry (left), winner of the 2013 NVT Louisiana Star Performer Award, with Stephen James, President and Executive Director, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation;

WINNERS: Susie Labry (extreme left), winner of the 2013 NVT Louisiana Star Performer Award, with (left to right) Stephen James, President and Executive Director, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation; Bill Lee, winner of the NVT Most Valuable Performer Award, and Lorraine LeBlanc, winner of the NVT Cast Award.

Entertainment Industry Development Advisory Commission

Senate Resolution 132 by Senator J.P. Morrell was enrolled on June 6.

The resolution establishes and provides for the Entertainment Industry Development Advisory Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review the state's entertainment incentive laws for the film, music, digital media, and live performance and to make recommendations for policy and legislative changes on or before February 1, 2015, that will assist in incentivizing the development of an indigenous self-supporting industry.

The commission is to consist of representatives from the legislature, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Entertainment, the university system and various trade organizations including LFEA.

LFEA looks forward to its work on the commission to further the organizations mission to grow the entertainment industry in Louisiana. We will keep you posted on all activities of the commission.

Click here to view SR 132.

 

Louisiana Production Information

LFEA Louisiana Production List as of November 5, 2013

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