According to reports out today, Disney-ABC Television Group has put the brakes on any new productions with the state of Louisiana on the heels of LA Governor Bobby Jindal-R, signing off on a cut to the state’s film incentives; citing a quote from Louisiana’s Lt. Governor, Jay Dardenne who said he learned the following from the finance division of Disney-ABC Television, “They are not bringing any more projects to Louisiana until they get some of their questions answered about how this new law is going to be implemented…”
But according to Variety a spokesman for Disney-ABC Television Group denied that, saying “To set the record straight, we have not imposed a moratorium on film and television projects in Louisiana, and we hope to produce more in the future,” he said. “Louisiana’s film incentives program has played an important role in our decision to produce content there and, with respect to future projects, we will assess the effect of the recent legislative changes on a case-by-case basis.”
The Disney Company owns ABC, ABC-Family and Marvel Studios which have each filmed productions in the state of New Mexico, whose own legislation has impacted the state’s varying viability in national and global filmmaking.