EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Trucks, the nation’s fastest growing entertainment transportation provider, has signed an exclusive five-year deal to provide production vehicles at Mississippi’s largest studio facility, Mississippi Film Studios (MFS). Under the leadership of CEO Andre Champagne and his partners, Hollywood Trucks has flourished in Louisiana, serving approximately 90% of film and TV series recently filmed in the state. Hollywood Trucks’ specialized expertise and innovation in eco-friendly film transportation services led to their expansion into Georgia with Pinewood Atlanta Studios in May of 2014, and now Mississippi Film Studios in Canton, MS.
Mississippi Film Studios, LLC is a 43,000 square foot purpose-built facility including 8,000 sq. feet of production offices and a 35,000+ sq. ft. clear span sound stages on six acres in Canton, MS. Originally built for the movie A Time To Kill, the facility has served as a resource for movie and commercial productions for many years. The facility was recently acquired by Rick Moore, owner of Mad Genius, Inc. and Eyevox Entertainment, LLC. Same Kind of Different As Me is currently renting space. The studio’s official website is at www.msfilmstudios.com.
“The Hollywood Trucks team is excited to partner with one of the newest members of the growing ‘Hollywood South’ family,” said Andre Champagne, CEO of Hollywood Trucks. “Our expansion into Mississippi indicated the tremendous growth of the southern region’s film industry in recent years. This new platform has enabled Hollywood Trucks to continue to focus of eco-friendly fleet innovation, while growing our brand in exciting new locations like Mississippi Film Studios. Our team looks forward to a long and successful relationship with Rick Moore and MFS.”
Since 2007, Hollywood Trucks has grown from seven vehicles into a four hundred unit fleet of more than forty types of trucks, trailers and specialty production equipment. In 2013, Hollywood Trucks introduced their state-of-the-art Ecoluxe line of high-end ecologically friendly and technologically advanced talent trailers that quickly became in demand by A-list stars filming in Louisiana. Hollywood Trucks’ latest version of the Ecoluxe brand are the only talent trailers on the market to achieve TRA Green Certification and run off 100% clean energy— solar and thermal panels provide 100% of the power to the trailer. The entire Hollywood Trucks fleet, including the new Ecoluxe trailers will now be available at Mississippi Film Studios.
“We’re in an extremely exciting time for the Mississippi film industry. Filmmakers are realizing that our state is an amazing place to make films, and Mississippi Film Studios’ new partnership with Hollywood Trucks is a huge boost for our thriving market,” said Rick Moore, president of Mississippi Film Studios. “The level of service, inventory and technology that Hollywood Trucks brings to Mississippi can’t be overstated, and we’re thrilled about where this partnership will lead us.”
The film and entertainment industries in Louisiana and Mississippi continue to show positive growth, earning them the title of “Hollywood South.” According to a recent study by Film L.A., Louisiana accounted for the largest share of live-action production in the world with 18 feature films produced last year, more than California and the entire countries of Canada and the United Kingdom. Mississippi’s new film incentive program has made them one of the new favorable filming destinations in the nation.
Hollywood Trucks, LLC was founded in Louisiana in 2007 to provide Louisiana’s burgeoning entertainment industry with the most state-of-the-art and eco-friendly transportation services and logistics available anywhere in the world. In 2012 Hollywood Trucks was named to the Inc. 500/5000, Inc. Magazine‘s annual list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. For more information, please visit www.hollywoodtrucksllc.com
Full disclosure: Andre Champagne is the publisher of Scene Magazine.