NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – It’s a long shot, but New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants CBS’ The Late Show to be taped in NOLA when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman next year.
“As a fan of The Late Show, I read with great interest about the recent retirement announcement from David Letterman and the subsequent discussion of the future of the show. In particular, I noticed that both New York and Los Angeles have begun making their case as to why the show should be located in their respective cities. I would like to encourage you to consider adding New Orleans to the mix, ” Landrieu wrote in a letter sent to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves.
Landrieu goes on to say, “New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the demographic you are trying to reach.”
Landrieu points to the growing film industry in Louisiana and the attractive film tax incentives.
“Today, we offer the most attractive and aggressive film tax credits, including a 30% tax credit on all qualified direct production Louisiana expenditures and an additional 5% tax credit for payroll expenditures to Louisiana residents. It’s that savings to your bottom line that has propelled the creation of “Hollywood South,”” Landrieu wrote.
Just this past year Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyer’s Club were both shot in Louisiana. Read more: Hollywood South is Oscar Gold
According to the website Filming Louisiana, five major blockbuster movies will be shot in Louisiana this year.