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New Orleans looks to 2014 with high hopes for film industry's future

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Chris Stelly of the Office of Entertainment Industry commented that 2013 has been “Another banner year for our state,” in an article commending the amounts production work seen across Louisiana. Final numbers have yet to be calculated, but Stelly expects 2013 to match, if not exceed the state's record from last year.

New Orleans is the centerpiece for Hollywood South, being a prime location for blockbuster hits like 22 Jump Street and Grudge Match – both filmed in the metro area, to be released in 2014.

“They keep coming back,” Stelly's comments continue. “You keep providing them with good economic reason to come...and they'll keep coming time and time again.”

2013 saw many challenges for the local industry. Back in March, Governor Bobby Jindal released a tax proposal that stirred a mighty uproar among industry crew—many of whom relocated to Louisiana because of the plentiful jobs—along with local businesses and residents who feared the worst for the industry's future.

A compromise was offered up by the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, supported by thousands of industry workers, their family and friends, local businesses, and residents who believe that film production has contributed well to the state's post-Katrina economy. Protests were held, the people voiced their concerns, and legislation set the matter aside.

Despite the debates, the industry has managed to complete many successful productions this year, ranging from feature films and television series, to reality shows and live events. A few series and independent films are still in production up until the holidays.

As for Stelly, he anticipates an exciting new year full of high-class titles that will pique strong interests among the public once that information is officially released. In the mean time, he looks ahead to the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony, hosted on Sunday, March 2, by Ellen DeGeneres.

Nominations for Louisiana-filmed productions include:

12 Years A Slave

Dallas Buyers Club

American Horror Story: Coven

  • 'Best TV Movie/Miniseries'
  • 'Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries' (Jessica Lange)

A complete list of all nominations can be found here.

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