The City of New Orleans recently announced that it was once again ranked as the number one spot for filmmakers to live and work by Moviemaker Magazine. The honor acknowledges that the city hosted film productions costing at least $948 million last year in comparison to $475 million in 2020.
For two years straight, the filming industry was the city's saving grace, keeping the economy afloat while COVID-19 restrictions were enforced. This was done by raising over $1.4 billion through job investments, according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
So far, the city has 13 TV shows in the making, including AMC+'s Interview with a Vampire, CBS' True Lies, NBC's Renfield, and Hulu's Night Terror. Director of Film New Orleans Carroll Morton says that the city attracts three to five times the amount of production than other cities do by spending millions on equipment, film crews, trucks, venues, and sound stages.
"New Orleans maintains its position as a top destination for film," Morton said.
This year, the city is working on even more filming projects such as Amazon's Daisy Jones and the Six, AMC's The Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and Amazon's The Burial.
"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," Cantrell said. "[We] will continue to ensure that our city is a place in which film production can live or thrive."