It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Tinsel Town – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term “Hollywood South” is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Giant productions like Jurassic Park II and The Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise Terminator numbers 4, 5, and 6 are on the way.

Part of the reason for Hollywood South’s growth is financial – State tax credits – and the other part is crew and facilities now available here. On Out to Lunch host Peter Ricchiuti explores both these areas with two of the city’s leaders in film financing and film production.

Peter Ricchiuti Susan Brennan Lenny Alsfeld

Peter’s guests on today’s show are Susan Brennan – founder and CEO of Second Line Stages, the giant soundstage in the Garden District where movies like Django Unchained and The Green Lantern were shot – and Lenny Alsfeld, CEO of FBT Investments and its Film and Entertainment division.

susan Brennan and Lenny Alsfeld give career advice

But not everything in Tinsel Town on the Bayou is sparkling. In the listener questions portion of the show Susan and Lenny respond to accusations from local film industry folks that they are being overlooked for work in favor of an influx of carpetbaggers. 

lenny alsfeld peter ricchiuti Susan Brennan - their pets are at home

In the Pay it Forward section of the show Peter, Susan, and Lenny discuss K9 Second Line, dog walking and pet sitting service who will send you emails, texts and pix of your pet during the day. 

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