50 Cent Launches Movie Studio Expansion in Shreveport, Louisiana

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50 Cent Launches Movie Studio Expansion in Shreveport, Louisiana

By Movieguide® Contributor

Rapper and actor 50 Cent is launching an expansion to his movie studio, but rather than opening in California, it is breaking ground in Louisiana.

“As someone who has always believed in the transformative power of music, film, and television, I’m beyond excited to introduce the expansion of my G-Unit Film & Television through the launch of G-Unit Studios right here in Shreveport, [Louisiana],” 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, told Fox News Digital.

“From the gritty narratives of the streets to the compelling stories that define our era, G-Unit has always been more than just entertainment; it’s a platform for voices that need to be heard, stories that need to be told,” he continued.

“[G-Unit Studios is] a commitment to fostering talent, creating opportunities, and building a community that thrives through creativity and innovation,” he added. “We see Shreveport as a beacon of inspiration and creativity.”

The city is thrilled to welcome Jackson and his team and is excited about the unique opportunities that come from hosting a production company.

“This city’s rich culture and talent provides the perfect backdrop for this endeavor,” said Shreveport’s Mayor Tom Arceneaux. “We are eager to collaborate with Mr. Jackson and G-Unit Film & Television to bring captivating movies and entertainment to Shreveport and Caddo Parish.”

“The world is watching you today Shreveport,” said Orville Hall, who worked alongside Jackson during the process. “Sometimes God does this, he finds places that become a light to everybody else. Shreveport is about to be a light to the rest of the world.”

The decision to expand into Louisiana mirrors that of other actors who have decided to leave Hollywood due to high living costs and an undesirable culture. Last year, Mark Wahlberg moved his family to Las Vegas with plans to create a new movie studio and the hopes to turn the city into Hollywood 2.0.

“There’s lots of opportunity for growth here,” Wahlberg told Fox News at the time. “And the government, especially our new governor, is really looking for opportunities to create jobs outside of gaming.”

“So, we’re looking to create 10,000 jobs on the studio alone,” he continued. “The average salary would be $100,000 more than what it is now. We want to train people both in front of and behind the camera, create jobs, most importantly, first and foremost, for locals.”

Tyler Perry runs his movie studio out of Atlanta, Georgia for a similar reason: to give back to the city and create major opportunities for the locals. In his eyes, it is also a way to get away from Hollywood, a place he does not feel welcome.

Movieguide® previously reported:

Tyler Perry Studios celebrated a grand opening on Saturday October 5. Many Hollywood stars and Christians who’ve worked with Perry came out to applaud his achievement.

“For people to drop what they’re doing in their very busy schedules to come and join me in this moment is beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It makes me happy. It makes me want to cry. It makes me grateful,” Perry told Variety on the red carpet.

Perry, whose studio is in Atlanta, Georgia, also recently wouldn’t back down on filming projects in Georgia despite backlash from the pro-choice community.

In recent months, Perry cried over God’s faithfulness for his new studio.

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