Entertainment & Gaming
|Entertainment & Gaming|
Louisiana’s entertainment industry features film and television production, digital media, music, and live performance. The gaming industry generates hundreds of millions in gaming tax revenue for the state. According to Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana's entertainment industry is thriving. In 2008, the state shattered all its previous records for film and television production, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The state has seen an increased interest in its digital media industry, and initiatives are being undertaken to further bolster Louisiana's music scene and live performance arena. The state offers aggressive tax credit programs for entertainment industry ventures in digital media, motion picture, sound recording and live performance. These programs offer companies an unparalleled opportunity to succeed financially and creatively. Louisiana now has the most aggressive and lucrative economic development incentives in the United States for companies engaged in digital design and development such as software, web platform, web application, mobile application and digital game design and development.
Gambling was legalized in Louisiana in 1991 and the first casino was opened in 1993. In 2009, gaming in Louisiana generated nearly $600 MM in gaming tax revenue for the state of Louisiana. The state currently has 18 casinos in operation. The industry employs more than 17,000 and 2009 visits exceeded 35 million.