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  • Marc Aubanel
  • maubanel@lsu.edu
  • Director, Digital Media Arts & Engineering

LED Development Fund

April 15, 2023

Louisiana State University

The Louisiana Economic Develpment Fund has aided many aspiring filmmakers and educational institutions to develop the talent needed to substain the film and TV industry in the state of Louisiana. Jason Jamerson talks about the new XR Lab and how it was made possible by the LED fund. It is a forward looking program that helps the local talent stay on top of rapid changes in the industry to keep the state at the cutting edge of filmmaking.

Louisiana’s entertainment industry is thriving. Demand is surging for skilled creatives and production professionals that work in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. And in Louisiana, entertainment jobs are more than just gigs – they’re full-time careers.

Established in 2017, the Entertainment Development Fund provides critical state support to education and workforce development initiatives preparing Louisiana residents for highly specialized jobs in film, television, and much more.

Nearly five million dollars have been invested to date toward establishing and equipping skills development programs like the XR Virtual Production Studio at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge...the Digital Media Institute in Shreveport...the COOL Cooperative, Video Access Center and Mic’d Up music and film production programs in New Orleans...and the Visual FX Program at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette...to name just a few.

The investments being made today through the Entertainment Development Fund ensure a world-class Louisiana talent pool for the future. That’s sure to strike a chord with productions considering their next location–and with young creatives readying for blockbuster careers right here in their home state. For more information visit louisianaentertainment.gov.