Animation Studio Expanding in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-area animation studio will add six permanent jobs in a planned expansion, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said Thursday.

Swaybox Studios in Jefferson Parish will add six new permanent jobs with an average annual salary of $62,800 plus benefits.

The state says Swaybox is taking advantage of the 2017 Entertainment Job Creation Program, which is also called the Quality Entertainment Company program.

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According to the governor’s office, the program enables an employer to claim a 15% payroll tax credit for jobs paying $45,000 or more annually, and a 20% payroll tax credit for new jobs paying more than $66,000 a year.

Swaybox was founded in Shreveport in 2013 and moved to Jefferson Parish in 2018.

“The QEC program will help us achieve the goal of creating a self-sustaining studio in greater New Orleans by enabling us to bring in the high-level talent that we need to create content that will consistently push the bounds of puppetry, animation and storytelling,” Swaybox co-founder and Co-CEO Theresa Andersson said in the governor’s news release.

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