OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
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The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term "Hollywood South" is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Giant productions like Jurassic Park II and The Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise Terminator numbers 4, 5, and 6 are on the way.
Part of the reason for Hollywood South's growth is financial - State tax credits - and the other part is crew and facilities now available here. On Out to Lunch host Peter Ricchiuti explores both these areas with two of the city's leaders in film financing and film production.
Peter's guests on today's show are Susan Brennan - founder and CEO of Second Line Stages, the giant soundstage in the Garden District where movies like Django Unchained and The Green Lantern were shot - and Lenny Alsfeld, CEO of FBT Investments and its Film and Entertainment division.
But not everything in Tinsel Town on the Bayou is sparkling. In the listener questions portion of the show Susan and Lenny respond to accusations from local film industry folks that they are being overlooked for work in favor of an influx of carpetbaggers.
In the Pay it Forward section of the show Peter, Susan, and Lenny discuss K9 Second Line, dog walking and pet sitting service who will send you emails, texts and pix of your pet during the day.