Friday, April 10, 2009
Industry shares anxiety at mayor's forum
Did you attend the film incentive forum hosted by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover on Thursday? Judging by this picture of a packed Skybox at Independence Stadium, you did. It was interesting hear a variety of perspectives on how to make the local industry more competitive. In the room, the consensus was that the production incentive needs to be pushed from 25 percent to 30 percent (to match Georgia's). The idea suggests it would level the playing field and return some business back to The Shreve. You buy it? Let me know.
Perhaps the most symbolic moment came when David Akin, who runs Louisiana EPK, stood up and asked how many of the attendees -- presumably many were crew and talent -- were from Louisiana. More than half in their rooms raised their hands. He then asked how many would be forced to move away if movie productions don't start returning to The Shreve. About a quarter in the room raised their hands.
"A lot of taxpayers," Akin observed.
In today's paper, I also wrote a piece about the Film Industry Training courses, most of which end today. Picture below.