January 11, 2024

Media Contact:
Patrick Mulhearn, Mulhearn & Associates, LLC (225) 235-1410

Celtic Studios Hires Cory Parker as Executive Director

The Celtic Group, owner and operator of the largest purpose-built motion picture stage facility in the Gulf South, is pleased to announce the hiring of Cory Parker, former Business Agent of IATSE Local 478, as the new executive director of Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge.

“Cory Parker is one of the most recognizable faces in Louisiana’s motion picture industry, and he came highly-recommended to us as a truly respected industry professional who understands better than almost anyone the specific needs of producers who are budgeting for projects that could potentially film in our state,” said SVP Keith Chappell. “Cory has assisted hundreds of productions that have hired local crew and filmed in Louisiana over the past decade. From scripted television series to Academy Award-winning feature films, Cory’s track record and unique insight into filming in Louisiana over the past two decades is a tremendous asset to our team.”

A Texas native, Parker began his film and television career in 2001working in the set decoration department on productions filming in Austin. After traveling to Louisiana to work on a feature film in 2003, he made the decision to relocate to the state in 2004 to become a part of its growing industry. After joining IATSE Local 478, the largest behind-the-camera union in Louisiana, Parker’s career took off and resulted in credits on a number of box office hits including The Expendables, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and Olympus Has Fallen.

In 2014, Parker was elected Business Agent of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 478 which is headquartered in New Orleans. In that role, he represented film and television professionals throughout Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama. An active Executive Board member of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, Parker has worked closely with the organization, legislators, and government policymakers to protect the thousands of men, women, and businesses who depend on the continued success of the industry throughout the state.

“For the past nine years I have had the pleasure of helping to protect the working people in the film industry across the state of Louisiana,” said Parker. “Now I have the opportunity to put them to work in Baton Rouge. In 2009, I worked on Sony’s Battle: Los Angeles when in filmed at Celtic. It is an honor to now have the opportunity to lead Celtic Studios into the future.”

Since beginning studio operations in 2007, Celtic Studios has welcomed more than $1.1 billion in total production through its gates including NBC Universal’s Battleship and Oblivion starring Tom Cruise, Summit’s Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, AppleTV+’s Greyhound starring Tom Hanks, and Disney+’s Crater and recent National Treasure series.

“Execs are looking for three basic ingredients when deciding where to send a production: incentives, infrastructure, and crew,” said Patrick Mulhearn, industry consultant and executive director of Celtic Studios from 2009 to 2017. “Just this past summer, Louisiana’s legislature extended our state’s tax incentives for productions into 2031, and Celtic is still one of the nation’s largest design-built stage facilities. With Cory at the helm of Celtic, Baton Rouge now has the ability to attract and grow a well- trained crew base that can stay consistently busy with motion picture production work like never before.”

With seven stages totaling more than 150,000 square feet of stage space and 180,000 square feet of office and support space, Celtic Studios is located on 29 acres in the heart of Baton Rouge and is home to the Louisiana operations of a number of vendors and industry support companies including visual effects houses Crafty Apes VFX and Pixel Magic. Since 2017, productions have spent more than $436 million in the Baton Rouge area and are credited for booking at least 48,000 hotel room nights in the Capital area.

“We are excited to be working with Cory Parker. He brings with him years of connections and experience and shares our vision for the future of the creative industries in our city,” said Katie Pryor, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission.

Parker’s first day at Celtic Studios was January 8th. He can be reached for stage and office inquiries at (225) 330-6000.