Louisiana's inaugural entertainment summit this month will feature CBS Studios executive Jerry Brandt and include a panel discussion by entertainment industry representatives on opportunities in Louisiana.

Brandt, senior vice president of finance for CBS Studios, will provide a film industry overview and offer insights into the studio decision-making process in a morning session at the March 27 summit, being held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. He is responsible for the financial reporting and business administration functions of more than 80 productions worldwide.

Gov. John Bel Edwards will deliver the keynote luncheon address. Edwards signed into law in 2017 a series of changes to the state’s entertainment incentive program to help reinvigorate motion picture and scripted television production activity in Louisiana. 

The panel discussion participants include Kerry Ganofsky, founder and CEO of independent game development software company High Voltage Software; Scott Neimeyer, CEO for independent film production company Gold Circle Entertainment and developer of Deep South Studios; Sam Voisin, regional general manager for the SMG entertainment and meetings public facility management company; and Reid Wick, senior membership and project manager for the Recording Academy.

Other featured speakers will include LED Secretary Don Pierson and Louisiana Entertainment Executive Director Chris Stelly, who oversees film, digital, music and live performance programs for LED.

The summit also will include breakout sessions with Louisiana Entertainment managers presenting film, digital, music and live performance opportunities in the state.