Film industry reversing 'brain drain' in the state

Film industry reversing 'brain drain' in the state

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The film industry in Louisiana is thriving and officials say they're just scratching the surface. Patrick Mulhearn, the executive director of the Celtic Media Centre, spoke at Press Club Monday.

"The bottom line is it's cheaper to produce a film in Baton Rouge," Mulhearn says.  "You don't have to fly in film crews and the cost of living is cheaper too."

He gave a list of reasons why the state is now Hollywood South.

They include:

About 1,000 people are employed in the film industry here.

It has diversified Louisiana's economy.

It is reversing the 'brain drain' of young people leaving the state. In fact, now young people from other states are moving here to take advantage of opportunities in film and television.

The jobs pay well on average about $51,000 and union jobs pay even higher at $63,000.

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