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Film tax credit bills imposing stricter controls on film, television production clears Louisiana Senate

The state Senate Tuesday continued to impose stricter controls on rules that allow film and television producers to receive generous subsidies from taxpayers. Senate Bill 102 would not permit tax credits for more than 50 percent of the so-called above the line expenses that go to directors, actors and other high-salaried employees. Senate Bill 106 […]

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Film credits: State weighs lost dollars against art

Ken Stickney For Suzanne Chambliss, House Bill 276 was more than a matter of how to spend state dollars. It’s a matter of where she lives and works and expresses her creativity. Chambliss, who earned a doctorate at LSU in theater history, dramatic theory and criticism in 2012, is vice president of the International Alliance […]

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Legislature asks union to designate Baton Rouge as production center for TV and movies

STEPHANIE RIEGEL The Louisiana Legislature is weighing in on a contract dispute between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the union that represents film industry crews over whether to allow Baton Rouge to become a “production center” for movies and TV shows. Both the House and Senate unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday […]

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Committee votes to cap, not kill, film tax credits

BATON ROUGE, La. — Instead of making movies, people who work in the film industry spent Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge defending state incentives responsible for the rapid growth of Hollywood South. The House tax writing committee took up three proposals to trim Louisiana’s generous film tax credit program. “We’ve got to find that sweet […]

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New Orleans lawyer Michael Arata, business partners convicted in film tax credit scheme

By Andy Grimm, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune New Orleans attorney and actor Michael Arata and his two partners in the multimillion-dollar renovation of a Marigny mansion were convicted by a jury Monday for defrauding a state tax credit program of $1.1 million. Hollywood executive Peter Hoffman, his wife Susan and Arata were found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in connection with the […]

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Film supporters in Baton Rouge, New Orleans at odds over union contract

DAVID JACOBS As the Louisiana Legislature this week begins to debate bills that would reform, cut or end the state’s incentive program for film production, an internal industry dispute is pitting Baton Rouge-area stakeholders against their more numerous New Orleans counterparts. At the end of this month, IATSE, the union that represents film industry crews, […]

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Film tax credits trial to begin amid Louisiana budget crunch

By The Associated Press A film production tax credit program that has been lauded for making Louisiana home to productions such as “NCIS: New Orleans” and “12 Years a Slave” is also lamented for its cost to state government. And it’s at the center of a federal criminal trial opening in New Orleans on Monday (April 13). The […]

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Louisiana Marriage Act: Film Industry On Edge Following Indiana Boycott Of ‘Anti-Gay Law’

By  Philip Ross Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 26, 2015. The spotlight on Louisiana’s marriage bill could help Jindal who, as a possible 2016 presidential contender, is poised to benefit from being perceived as a defender of Christian values.  Reuters  Political theater is outselling show business in […]

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Louisiana film program still costs taxpayers four times the cash it brings in, state study finds

GORDON RUSSELL Louisiana’s generous film tax credit program continues to cost state taxpayers at least four times as much as it generates in tax revenue, according to the latest state-sponsored study of the program. The study, by LSU economist Loren Scott, concludes that for every $1 in tax credits Louisiana issues to film producers, the state gets […]

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Our Views: Stephen Moret’s take on film industry tax credits

Stephen Moret is leaving his job as Louisiana’s chief economic development officer to lead the LSU Foundation, so presumably he can be more candid in his views on state tax policy, even when it doesn’t square with the priorities of his current boss, Gov. Bobby Jindal. Maybe that’s why Moret was fairly direct this month […]

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