Entertainment Industry Development Conference
New Roads Summer Camp

An exciting venture born out of powerful forces!

Emerald Bayou brings Louisiana delegation to meet with Phil Lelyveld (seated center), VP of New Technology & New Media Group at Walt Disney Studios.
LaCAEDA visits Disney Studios
Sandra Thompson, Executive Director of the Atchafalaya Basin Program; Linda Thurman; Karen Yates of Entergy and Marquetta Cheeks
Entergy Louisiana Team City Conference

March Movie Magic

​ Representatives from around Louisiana gather to learn about the entertainment industry from Emerald Bayou leaders.

Marquetta gives summer camp kids lesson in making movies.

Guests from around the state gather to learn about the film industry.

                                                                                                 EMERALD BAYOU FOUNDATION




Emerald Bayou Foundation (EBF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a
sustainable Louisiana-based global entertainment industry. 


Our objective is to provide a healthy, thriving entertainment industry with a well-trained professional workforce,
a sustained level of production, ample financing, and a culture of excellence. 


EBF reaches out to people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic status with training and
information about the entertainment industry, film production and entertainment technology.

The Foundation also provides information to state and national policy law makers regarding

the entertainment industry and digital technology.



The Foundation serves as a direct connection between Louisiana and the global creative community by:

  •  inviting industry leaders to visit and work in Louisiana 

  •  encouraging Louisiana industry professionals who are working outside the state to return home to share their experience and knowledge 

  •  promoting Louisiana at film festivals, events, and conferences worldwide​


               American Film Market


Mayor Kip Holden of Baton Rouge; Scott Ross, founder of Academy Award winning Digital Domain (Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean);
Senator Jay Dardenne (currently Louisiana Secretary of State); Linda Thurman (formally with EBS) and Marquetta Cheeks of Emerald Bayou Studios
address the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California.

Activities and Accomplishments The Foundation has reached out to people from all walks of life throughout the state to inform and assist the development of the entertainment industry through various activities: 

March Movie Magic, a seminar on careers in film production, was attended by more than 300 guests.

Invited to testify on entertainment industry issues for Louisiana legislative hearings

Guest speakers for Entergy’s Louisiana State Team City Conference

Conducted site tour and location scouting in more than 30 parishes

Coordinated Los Angeles trip for Louisiana Capitol Area Economic Development Association (LaCAEDA) to introduce and promote nine
area parishes to the Entertainment Industry and American Film Market

Spoken frequently at regional organizations i.e. the Baton Rouge Rotary Club, Lafayette City Council, New Roads Rotary Club, and the Capital City Network, a professional women’s leadership organization

Represented the entertainment industry for high school career days

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