New Orleans, Louisiana, has established itself as Hollywood South, becoming a true hub for major motion picture production, but hosting a major late night talk show? Even though the state has become the top destination in the world for film and television shoots, the idea of a major talk show being based out of New Orleans still seems ridiculous to some. Don’t tell that to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, though. The mayor of the Crescent City sent a letter to CBS touting the state’s credibility as a film and television production center and asking them to consider setting up shop in the Big Easy when Stephen Colbert takes over ‘The Late Show.’ Here are the top reasons why CBS could relocate ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert to New Orleans.
Louisiana’s Film Tax Credits
The state of Louisiana has the nation’s most ambitious tax credits for film and television production. Louisiana offers a 30% tax credit on in-state expenditures, and an additional 5% tax credit for local hires, and the state does not have an annual cap on the amount of movie and television tax credits that can be doled out. CBS could save a good deal of money by moving ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert down to New Orleans.
Number of Movies Shooting in New Orleans and Louisiana
Right around the year 2000, Louisiana became a major production hub for television and film, trailing only California and New York in terms of number of productions and dollars spent. In 2013, this all changed when Louisiana finally became the film capital of the nation and the world. With the sheer number of films and television shows shooting in Louisiana, primarily in New Orleans, a New Orleans-set ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert would have frequent and easy access to many A-listers.
Celebrities in New Orleans
New Orleans has long been alluring to celebrities due to the city’s rich culture, vibrant nightlife, and unique overall identity. New Orleanians also tend to have a very relaxed attitude toward celebrity, letting the famous do their thing without bothering them. The Big Easy frequently hosts an enviable number of major sports and entertainment events that draw big names as both performers and spectators: The Super Bowl, NCAA College Football National Championship, NCAA Final Four, NBA All-Star Game, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest. John Goodman, Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt have all bought homes in New Orleans, as well, showing the city’s appeal for big names that could be potential guests on a New Orleans-based ‘The Late Show’ hosted by Stephen Colbert.
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