Downtown Shreveport may soon be the home of a new visual based digital media firm, which has shown great interest in the old Selber building. LSUS Digital Media Program Director John Miralles says the new visual effects program, which recently started, has attracted a lot of attention. Media firms are wanting to employ his graduates.
"About once a month we have a company come through and inquire about starting up operations here," Miralles said.
He can't give many details about the interested firm but confirms its owner is based in Arizona. Miralles says he's serious about locating to Caddo Parish. Pairsh officials say they're still in the early stages of negotiations with the company.
"The Caddo Parish commission is 100 percent very, very pro business, and it's all about jobs," Caddo Parish Assistant Administrator Randy Lucky said. He claims 200 to 500 jobs could be created if the firm settles downtown and says it restores old films to HD quality. Miralles says his students learn those skills and more. He says such an addition to the local film industry will inspire more growth.
"I think it would be an important tipping point," he said. "I think a third will give us quite a labor market...."
Moonbot and Millennium Studios both have digital media departments. Starting salaries with the new digital media firm would be around $60,000 a year.