Louisiana Entertainment and Troubled Muse launched its animation and visual effects studio in Shreveport, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 53 jobs.
Supported by Louisiana’s Entertainment Job Creation Program, the company will create original digital content for television and feature films, specializing in motion capture, visual effects and animation.
“Troubled Muse is bringing a full-service VFX and animation creation studio to Shreveport,” CEO R. Andru Davies said. “Our studio will offer these services to individual productions with a focus on bringing motion picture activity to Northwest Louisiana. We look forward to engaging with the local workforce here to fill the exciting jobs we are creating.”
Signed into law by Governor Edwards in 2017, the Entertainment Job Creation Program, also known as the Qualified Entertainment Company (QEC) program, is designed to encourage investment in permanent quality jobs for Louisiana residents engaged in entertainment content creation. For jobs paying $45,000 or more annually, the employer may claim a 15 percent payroll tax credit. That credit increases to 20 percent for new jobs paying more than $66,000 a year. A similar credit was established for music-related companies.
“Troubled Muse is a welcome addition to the digital entertainment production capacity we are building in Northwest Louisiana,” Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Secretary Don Pierson said. “Projects like this demonstrate our ability to compete and win in the motion picture production sector here in Louisiana. We are well positioned to succeed, thanks to our workforce, incentives and technical partnerships with the education community. With our local partners, we remain committed to creating permanent, quality jobs for Louisiana residents in the digital and information technology sector. These are critical efforts, as we cannot afford to be left behind in the establishment of tomorrow’s high-paying information technology jobs.”