It's hardly the first warehouse project for Brendan O'Connor but it's
likely to become his highest-profile one. The Celtic Group CEO announced
plans today for a full-production film studio in a Baton Rouge warehouse
once designed as a music studio.
Located southwest of the Interstate 12-Airline Highway junction, the
studio's first phase will be completed in late 2006. O'Connor, whose
marine and inland logistics company does more than $65 million in annual
business, bought the former studio of rapper Master P for just under $1
million in late 2005.
Called the Celtic Media Centre, the 11-acre project will be the first to
bring full production and post-production capabilities for movies, TV,
videos and music to one building in the city. Strategic partners are
Chris Fink of Nova Features, a company that will contract with Celtic to
oversee studio work brought to Louisiana; and Michael Moore of
Hollywood, Calif.-based Raleigh Studios, which will work as a design
consultant during construction and manage the Baton Rouge studio.
O'Connor says Louisiana's latest film incentive, a tax credit for
infrastructure work, convinced him to take the plunge into films. Indoor
soundproof sets will be offered at the Celtic studio. "As other states
pass tax credits for filmmakers, it will be absolutely critical that
facilities such as this be available to motion picture producers," says