The Ranch Film Studios set to Expand Operations
In a press release sent out by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) on Wednesday, October 21, it was announced that The Ranch Film Studios in St. Bernard will be expanding its “film production operations.” The Ranch—which, according to their website, is located “7.2 miles from downtown [New Orleans]” and “sits on 22 acres [of land] and provides 220,000 sq ft of stage and flex space”—leases out “production services, facilities, offices and sound stages” to movie and television series productions.
The Ranch isn’t just a local film studio that assists independent filmmakers; they have significant influence in the entertainment industry. Major, nationally known movie productions (such as Terminator Genesys, Bill and Ted Face the Music, and Daddy’s Home) have utilized The Ranch’s services in the past. And, in general, The Ranch has turned St. Bernard into an unlikely hot spot for bigtime movie and television productions.
This latest expansion, according to LED, “will create 11 new permanent jobs with an average salary of $51,818” and around “8 new indirect jobs” in St. Bernard. These new jobs are not just good news for the parish; The Ranch also receives some benefits. Due to the Entertainment Job Creation Program, signed into law by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in 2017, for each job that pays $45,000 or more a year, The Ranch “may claim a 15 percent payroll tax credit” and “that credit increases to 20 percent for new jobs paying more than $66,000 a year.” The program was created with the explicit purpose of encouraging entertainment “companies to invest in permanent jobs for motion picture production” in Louisiana.
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