'Hollywood South' returns to New Orleans

Film production returns to New Orleans beginning next week.

An Amazon Prime series will be the first production to shoot in New Orleans since film production and local studios were shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other major studios anticipated to resume filming in the coming months include, Disney, Sony, and CBS.

A statement from Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office says, “In order to begin filming again, productions will be required to adhere to the highest health and safety guidelines established by the industry’s guilds and unions. A lot of work has gone into establishing both state and local guidelines, including those recently issued by the New Orleans Film Office. Productions will be operating with reduced crews, COVID-19 testing one to five times a week for cast and crew, and PPE and sanitizing stations. Each production will have an on-set Health and Safety Supervisor and will hire sanitization companies to clean sets prior, during and after filming.”

“The film industry has been a leader in establishing national COVID-19 health and safety guidelines,” said Director of Film New Orleans, Carroll Morton. “With each film crew consisting of 85 percent local workers, the return of productions means getting our residents back to work in an industry that will ensure that they are safe,”

Since 2010 New Orleans has become a major hub for attracting feature film, television series and commercials; creating an economic impact of $1.2 billion according to the mayor’s office.