A training program for film production jobs in ALGIERs has been awarded the Entertainment Development Fund

Published at 11:32 am Wednesday, January 25, 2023

BATON ROUGE, La. – An adult training program for behind-the-scenes work in the film and television industry is the recipient of the latest award from the Louisiana State Entertainment Development Fund. The nonprofit Old Algiers Main Street Corp. will receive $274,631 over two years for an entertainment training program in the Algiers area of ​​New Orleans.

Old Algiers will focus on instructional training for film production careers including grip/electricity and costume. The agency will work in partnership with the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE) for curriculum and training, and with LB Landry High School, which will provide training facilities. It will also maintain relationships with film studios operating in the community for employment needs.

“Louisiana’s motion picture industry remains a source of quality jobs in our state, and my administration has worked hard to ensure that Louisiana workers have the skills and opportunities to fill those jobs,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Industry success has made our Entertainment Development Fund possible, and this fund is supporting innovative workforce development projects from Shreveport to Acadiana and Baton Rouge to New Orleans. This latest award to Old Algiers Main Street Corp. will expand the program to other locales where the industry can benefit from a pipeline of home-grown talent.”

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Since 2020, workforce training and career opportunities have been a focus of the organization, which is located in the vicinity of New Orleans’ Old Algiers region on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Valerie Robinson, chairman of the board of directors of the Old Algiers Main Street Corp. “This is a game changer for our community, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with LED and its Office of Entertainment Industry Development,” said Valerie Robinson, Chair of the Old Algiers Main Street Corp. Board of Directors. “By partnering with our local high school, LB Landry, we expect to have a ready pipeline for apprentices, and our film studios and production companies need it. Partnering with IATSE will allow us to tap into their extensive knowledge and experience in the industry.”

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With the help of a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Old Algiers Main Street Corp. has developed its #EquityRising program, a collaborative effort with community businesses and others to identify local youth in need of skills training and job placement assistance. That effort began with a certified nursing assistant training program, and the Entertainment Development Fund award will allow the agency to expand its workforce training efforts to the film and television industry.

“The New Orleans Business Alliance welcomes LED’s funding to our partner in Old Algiers Main Street Corp’s #EquityRising program,” said NOLABA President and CEO Norman E. Barnum IV. “Through this award, the youth of New Orleans will learn valuable skills that will help them enter the entertainment industry, offering high-growth, high-paying jobs that are accessible in Algiers and throughout the city. This award demonstrates the power of collaboration and leverages NOLABA’s initial investment for the #EquityRising pilot program, supporting workforce training efforts for Algiers. The workforce development program is a A tool to elevate the culture, equality and prosperity of New Orleans.”

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This is the 10th entertainment development fund award announced by the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation since the program was launched. Past awards have been given to higher education institutions and nonprofit community programs in Shreveport, Natchitoches, Lafayette, Thibodaux, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

About Old Algiers Main Street Corporation
Old Algiers Main Street Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of New Orleans’ Old Algiers community, which includes the neighborhoods of Algiers Point, McDonogh and Whitney. It is a member of the Louisiana State Main Street Program and an accredited member of the National Main Street Program. For more information, visit

About Louisiana Entertainment
Louisiana is the world’s number one destination for motion picture production; digital interface and software development projects; live performances; and sound recording. With state-of-the-art facilities, abundant talent, a production-friendly community and competitive incentive programs, Louisiana is the perfect location for the entertainment industry. For more information on Louisiana films, digital interfaces, live operations and programming Audio recording, visit Louisiana Entertainment, Louisiana Department of Economic Development, at


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