Governor's Office: 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.

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.