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Louisiana Ranks Third in Film and Television Production

Posted: Updated: April 30, 2013 06:35 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - There may be fifty states but when it comes to the big screen Louisiana ranks third in film and television production in the U.S. Our Nolan Crane shows us why the entertainment business is big business for our tourism industry.

The entertainment industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Thanks to shows like Duck Dynasty Louisiana has the third biggest piece of the television pie -- behind only California and New York when it comes to the number of movies and films produced.

"We have some of the best tax incentives in the nation when it comes to filming. For a project that spends over $300,000 they get a 30 percent tax incentive," said Sheila Snow.

Thanks to the big screen tourism in Louisiana is on the rise because viewers from around the country want to see the iconic places seen on their favorite shows.

"Their coming here and staying and their visiting these places and spending money here," said Sheila Snow.

There have been a lot of reality shows like Duck Dynasty shot here in Louisiana, but there have also been a lot of number one movies in the box office shot in the state as well.

"There have been big movies: Django Unchained, Battle of Los Angeles and all of this other stuff have been filmed in Louisiana which helps us because there is increased talent in an increased crew pool for us to pool from for our films," said Greg Ziecker.

R-Squared production company is located in Monroe and the popularity of Louisiana in so many movies also helps a lot of local residents get jobs both in front of and behind the scenes.

"From the cinematographers, to the carpenters, to the bull wranglers and everybody else will probably be 100 to 150 on the set on any given day," said Greg Ziecker.

The Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association have some competition because other states are making changes to their tax laws to be more competitive as they try to take a piece of Louisiana's television pie.

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