Crime drama series comes to Baton Rouge

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 6:12pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — Big news for the Baton Rouge film industry, production for the second season of a popular TV series starts here in just one month. It's another positive step for the steadily growing movie business in Louisiana.

Folks can expect some serious action in the Baton Rouge area starting in October. That's when A&E Network's popular crime drama, "Breakout Kings" will begin filming it's second season.

"I just think its going to add so much to our market and provide a different layer of production activity we have not seen to this point," says Amy Mitchell-Smith, the executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission.

The show follows a group of US Marshals who team up with some convicts to track down prison escapees. Producer, Garry Brown, says the capitol city was the perfect place to set up shop.

"We needed a place that would allow us a variety of looks and a variety of aesthetics to go along with those looks and Baton Rouge and the surrounding area has all of that," says Brown.

He says they'll film all over East Baton Rouge parish and the Felicianas, and they'll be using crew from right her in Louisiana.

"I have no doubt that we will staff this show with the most talented people in the region," he says.

Not only will this show employ Bayou State natives, but it will bring in big bucks to the economy in a number of ways.

"They're frequenting restaurants. They're sending clothes to our drycleaners," says Mitchell-Smith. "There is a real trickle down economic effect that this industry brings to our market."

It's another breakthrough for the Baton Rouge film industry. "It establishes you as a prime player in the market, not just in Louisiana, but across the nation," says Mayor-President Kip Holden.

He says this is the first time that a TV show has agreed to film an entire season in Baton Rouge. He hopes this will prove that the city is a major player in the film business.

"Breakout Kings" shot its first season in Toronta. It set records on A&E with the highest rating for a drama on their network, pulling in 2.8 million viewers.
 

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