A New Orleans-born Hollywood movie producer plans to turn a 19-acre former railroad yard into a $63.5 million film and television production facility in Algiers.
Scott Niemeyer, who has produced some big name movies in Louisiana over the years, presented his concept for Deep South Studios to the New Orleans Industrial Development Board on Tuesday
Deep South Studios would be located on 17 or so acres of land near the Crescent City Connection and offer five sound stages, two production buildings and other space for a total 262,000-square-foot facility. It would be the largest in the Gulf Coast, with the nearest similarly sized studios in Atlanta and Albuquerque, and the largest design-built independent film and television full-service facility ever constructed in the Southeastern United States.
Niemeyer told the IDB he plans on raising $49.5 million in foreign investment for the project through the federal EB-5 program, an immigrant visa granting program for those who invest in new business in the US. The remaining $14 million would be secured through private sources.
So, who is this Niemeyer guy? He grew up in Algiers but left in the 1980’s after school. He returned home a few years nack and calls the Warehouse District his home. He’s been working in the film industry, producing “Pitch Perfect” and others in Louisiana.