Sunday, July 24, 2005

BayouBuzz Interview: The Entertainment Industry

BayouBuzz interviews Mark Smith, the Enterntainment Industry Director for the state. He seems well aware of Lafayette's potential. From the first half of the interview:
Another important incentive that was passed was the digital media incentive. And, obviously, it's more than just what is an incentive about video games, but I�m just gonna, at least focus on the video game aspect of it because it really interrelates very well with our film incentive and it's a great potential for Louisiana. We have curriculums that have been developed in our Universities and in specifically, UL in Lafayette, and it's an opportunity for Louisiana to keep it's brain trust and it's creative class here, in the state and create some new jobs and some new companies, i.e., a cottage industry that is so important if we're going to really compete in the 21st century.
From the second half:
The other thing regarding digital media and specifically video games, well, obviously that´s gonna require more advanced skills and knowledge, and obviously, we have Universities that are really spear heading that, but specifically one that really is really putting a lot of emphasis and really going after it with their curriculum is the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. So, that's another area you want to take a look at to see if that's something you want to do. But, again, please visit our website to learn more about the starting point. But, again, the opportunity is here, but you have to have the patience and the wherewithal to really invest in it, because, again, you are investing in your future.
It's good to know that someone in Baton Rouge notices.

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