Broadway South Enacted
Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed SB 218, the Broadway South tax incentives that promise to give birth to a new theatrical industry in Louisiana--on Thursday July 19th.
Christopher Tidmore, one of the early voices garnering support behind Broadway South, had this to say this late Thursday, "A decade ago, Louisiana had no film industry. Now we are a national leader in film production. Thanks to Broadway South, every type of live, legitimate performance from Tim McGraw concerts to theatrical productions to television shows filmed before a live studio audience will have the greatest package of incentives ever to be staged in Louisiana--and hire Louisianians to put on the shows."
"I decided to run for the open District 82 seat for the Louisiana House of Representatives because I was tired of watching my friends have to leave just to get a decent job. Broadway South has the potential of creating new industries in Louisiana. SB 218 doesn't just provide incentives for actors and shows, but for all the below the line services that national touring companies need. The tax incentives can be applied to anything from the travel agents that book the national tours to the designers that build the sets," Tidmore said.
Broadway South President Roger Wilson added, "Christopher Tidmore is one the main reasons there is a Broadway South. He was there from the very beginning, helping conceive the concept."
"Broadway South was born when Christopher and I looked at the darkened Canal Street after Katrina and Christopher suggested that with the right tax incentives, the theatres that line the historic street could gleam again with performances and visitors. Thanks to Broadway South, and Christopher’s work on the concept, the theatres will live again."
"Thank Christopher for his work on Broadway South by financially supporting his candidacy for the Louisiana legislature," Roger Wilson stated.
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Christopher Tidmore for District 82 Campaign
3104 Roberta St.
Metairie, LA 70003
Christopher Tidmore took a leave of absence from his position as senior reporter at 99.5 FM and The Louisiana Weekly to run for the District 82 seat vacated by the term limited Steve Scalise.
SB 218 will help New Orleans attract live "Broadway bound" productions, including theater, opera, ballet, jazz, comedy revues and variety entertainment. Additionally, the bill offers the following incentives to investors:
25 percent state tax credit on their "base investment"
25 percent "infrastructure tax credit" based on construction costs
10 percent tax credit on payroll for Louisiana residents
July 20, 2007 2:59 PM