1. Guback, Thomas. “Government Financial Support to the Film Industry in the United States.” Current Research in Film: Audiences, Economics and Law Vol. 3. Ed. Bruce A. Austin. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1985, 88-104, 96. [return to essay]
2. These percentages reflect the 2010 rates. They have shifted since 2002, when the original rebates were 25 percent for investment and 10 percent for labor costs. A copy of the amended Act can be found at:
3. Yerton, Stewart. “The Price of Fame; Thanks to Lucrative Incentive Packages, New Orleans Is Becoming Hollywood South, But Is Louisiana Getting Enough in Return?” New Orleans Times-Picayune 27 Feb. 2005: A1; “The Global Success of Production Tax Incentives and the Migration of Feature Film Production From The U.S. to the World, Year 2005 Production Report” Center for Entertainment Industry Data and Research, 2006.
4. Anderson, Ed. "Major Movie To Be Filmed in State; Shooting to Begin in Late September." New Orleans Times-Picayune 19 July 2002: sec. MONEY: 1.
5. Hozic, Aida. Hollyworld: Space, Power, and Fantasy in the American Economy. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001, 89.
6. Schuth, H. Wayne. “The Image of New Orleans on Film.” The South and Film. Ed. Warren French. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 1981, 240-245.
7. Thomas, Greg. “Donation to Train Film Workers; Lionsgate Renews N.O. Commitment.” New Orleans Times-Picayune 10 Mar. 2006: sec. MONEY: 1.
8. LA. REV. STAT. ANN. Sec. 47:6007, 2005.
9. Jervis, Rick. “Movie and TV Crews Help Recovering Louisiana.” USA Today 16 July 2008. 4A; Scott, Robert Travis. “Making Money on Movies More than a Good Script; Tax Credits Could Go to Condos, Golf Courses.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune 31 May 2007.
10. Finch, Susan. “Empty Promises: The Comiskey Park Project in Mid-City Vanishes but Unfinished Documentary Nets Tax Credit.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune 2 June 2008, A1+.
11. Saas, Darcy Rollins. “Hollywood East? Film Tax Credits in New England.” Policy Brief. New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Oct. 2006.
12. Scott, Robert Travis. “Entertaining Incentives: Louisiana Raises Stakes with Bigger Tax Credits for Film.” The Baton Rouge Advocate 6 September. 2009: F1; Goldman, Tanya. Interview with Bob Hudgins, Texas Film Commissioner. 2008.
13. Webster, Richard A. “Experts: La. Institute of Film and Technology Raid Follows Familiar Louisiana Script.” New Orleans City Business 18 June 2007.
14. Heinlein, Gary. “Lawmakers Debate Limits to Michigan Film Incentives.” The Detroit News 4 June 2009. It is worth noting the difference between a “tax credit” and “tax rebate” more explicitly here. Michigan cuts a check for cash; whereas Louisiana’s program is a bit more sustainable since it provides a tax credit. Both cost their respective states millions in lost revenues.
15. Plaisance, Stacey. “Louisiana Seeing Busy Fall Filming Season.” Associated Press State & Local Wire 16 Nov. 2009.
16. Perilloux, Gary. “La. Film Tax Credits Debated: Some Want to Up Production Credit to Compete with Other States.” The Baton Rouge Advocate 6 June. 2009: A7.
17. Scott, Robert Travis. “Making Money on Movies More than a Good Script; Tax Credits Could Go to Condos, Golf Courses.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune, 31 May 2007.
18. Scott, Robert Travis. “Film Studio Is Broke, Chief Says; Saints Players' Money Paid Business Expenses.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune 11 July 2009: A1.
19. Millhollon, Michelle. “Senate Passes Bill Allowing Statewide Cable Franchises.” The Baton Rouge Advocate 7 May 2008: A6.
20. Scott, Robert Travis. “UNO Plans Layoffs, Larger Class Sizes to Save Money.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune 23 Dec. 2009.