Movie studio plants roots in New Orleans East

Movie studio plants roots in New Orleans East

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Starlight Studios, the first newly constructed studio purpose-built for the movie industry, opened Monday.

The studio, nestled near Michoud in New Orleans East, features two sound stages built specifically for movie production and includes office space for movie makers.

The new studio is expected to employ up to 200 people at full strength.

"Those 200 jobs are 200 people who will buy groceries, who will buy homes, who will spend money - and trust me, we're booming," Councilman James Gray said.

Studio leaders hope the opening of their space will show that Louisiana never really lost the spark of Hollywood South.

"It slowed down, and if I could say it in one word, it was uncertainty. The industry was uncertain after what happened in 2015, and since then we've been working with a lot of confidence," said Billy Burk, the president of Starlight Studios. "Obviously we have a lot of confidence to pull this off, and the timing was just right with the latest legislation that just passed, but it was always watching. The industry was there, but it's back and what we need is continued support and certainty for that industry,"

The studio already booked a client, beginning production on Stage One.

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