George J. Steiner Jr., Veteran New Orleans Production Executive, Dies at 68

George-Steiner
Courtesy Phillip Caruso

George J. Steiner Jr.

He headed the Louisiana Film Commission and served as founding president of Filmworks New Orleans.

George J. Steiner Jr., a onetime head of the Louisiana Film Commission and founding president of the now-shuttered Filmworks New Orleans production facility, has died. He was 68.

Steiner died Sept. 25 of heart attack in a New Orleans hospital, his former business partner Phil Caruso reported.

A longtime member of the DGA and IATSE Local 478, Steiner spent 50 years working on films, TV shows and commercials in the Crescent City.

He was an executive producer on Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way (2014), a set production assistant on Ender's Game (2013) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and an assistant location manager on Terminator Genisys (2015).

Steiner served as director of the Louisiana Film Commission from 1992-96 under governor Edwin Edwards and then president of FilmWorks New Orleans, which opened in October 2014 with a 20,000-square-foot stage and 406,000-square-foot backlot on 37 acres.

The Big Short (2015), directed by Adam McKay and an Oscar nominee for best picture, and Concussion (2015), starring Will Smith, were among the films made there before it closed in March 2016 amid a cap on production tax credits imposed by the state.

Born in New Orleans on Aug. 19, 1952, Steiner made a documentary about his home town when he was 18. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and worked as a boat operator on Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994).

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Eileen, and his sister, Susan.

A donation in his name can be made to the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the American Heart Association.