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Film producers moving into Elmwood
by Mark Waller, The Times-Picayune
Friday February 13, 2009, 4:58 PM
sprawling film production complex is taking shape inside a long-closed Winn-Dixie distribution center in Elmwood, where the cavernous warehouses soon will hold sound stages and the grocery company's front offices will become meeting places for movie makers.
With about 500,000 square feet of buildings on 25 acres, the development has the potential to become the largest film production hub in Louisiana, said Cherreen Gegenheimer, a Jefferson Parish government executive leading the parish's efforts to attract Hollywood business.
A firm called Louisiana Film Studios is renovating the vacant warehouse complex at 600 Edwards Ave. It has already lined up a $60 million project that Jefferson officials touted last month, although the producers have yet to announce details of the film.
"We're trying to build a film community," said Dan Forman, president of Louisiana Film Studios and son of Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman. "That means a campus for the entertainment industry."
It will be able to house up to eight productions simultaneously, said Wayne Read, studio CEO.
Lower Garden District warehouse being converted into film studio
Posted by Kimberly Quillen,
The Times-Picayune January 25, 2009 6:30PM
A dilapidated warehouse in the Lower Garden District is quietly being transformed into a $32 million independent film studio.
Second Line Stages began construction of the 90,000-square-foot complex -- which includes three sound stages, a 49-seat digital screening theater and nearly 50,000 square feet of space for offices and production support -- earlier this month.
The new facility will bring badly needed film production capabilities to Orleans Parish, according to Jennifer Day, director of the New Orleans Office of Film and Video.
"Because of demand and the high amount of (film) production we've been bringing to the region .¤.¤. we're having to turn away projects," Day said. "This is going to allow us to bring in more projects, more money, and it is absolutely needed."
Susan Brennan, owner and developer of Second Line Stages, acquired the fire-damaged warehouse at Richard and Chippewa streets in 1998