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New Orleans Named #1 Small City to Live, Work as a Filmmaker by MovieMaker Magazine

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans announced today that it has been named as the number one small city to live and work as a filmmaker for the second year in a row by MovieMaker Magazine.

“The film industry creates a continuous revenue stream for New Orleans through job investment, and film and production infrastructure that has solidified an economic impact of more than $1.4 billion which directly supports our local businesses,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “We are honored to be recognized as the number one small city to live and work as a filmmaker for the second year in a row and will continue to ensure that our city is a place in which film production can live and thrive.”

This honor recognizes New Orleans as the most film-friendly city in the nation. In 2020, New Orleans hosted film production projects with budgets totaling $475 million. Last year, that amount increased to approximately $948 million in filming projects.

“In New Orleans, one production will spend millions hiring local crews and purchasing and renting venues, equipment, film trucks, and sound stages, which is incredible compared to other major cities,” said Carroll Morton, Director of Film New Orleans. “As we continue to attract three to five times the amount of production, and while other states compete with us for this business, New Orleans maintains its position as a top destination for film.”

Major production and streaming studios continue to film in the City, pumping millions of dollars into the economy. These dollars have benefited local businesses and the City’s workforce that has struggled during the last two years due to the pandemic without tourism and other activities occurring.

New Orleans currently has 13 major TV productions filming including: AMC’s Interview With the Vampire, starring Sam Reid and Jacob Anderson; NBC’s Renfield, starring Nicholas Cage and Nicholas Hoult; CBS’ True Lies, starring Omar Miller and Erica Hernandez; Netflix’s Matz; and Hulu’s Night Terror. Upcoming productions include Amazon’s Daisy Jones and the Six, starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin; Amazon’s The Burial, starring Jamie Foxx; and AMC’s The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.