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Friday, August 13, 2010

Lana Veenker on OPB’s Think Out Loud Friday, August 13th

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Lana will be on Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s Think Out Loud tomorrow, Friday, August 13th, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM to talk about the state of Oregon on screens both big and small.

Additional guests include Kearie Peak (co-executive producer of “Leverage”), Todd Freeman (independent filmmaker), Kevin Klowden (managing economist and director of the California Center), and Kristi Turnquist (pop culture reporter for The Oregonian).

You can submit your questions ahead of time in the comments section at OPB.

If you missed the show, here’s the link to download the MP3, or you can stream it on the OPB website. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lana Talks to KBOO about the Impact of Film & TV on Oregon’s Economy

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This morning, Dmae Roberts, host of Stage and Studio on KBOO FM 90.7, spoke with Oregon casting director Lana Veenker about the economic impact that national shows like “Leverage” and films have our acting and technical arts community.

Click on the “Audio” tab to listen (Lana’s interview starts at about 16:06, after Portland Actors Ensemble talks about Shakespeare in the Parks).

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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT SB 621:

1. Call or email your Oregon Legislators NOW and ask them to support SB 621, as it will create immediate jobs for Oregonians in our blooming film industry.

2. If you have a good story about how our film incentives have benefited you, please be sure to share it with them.

3. Write or call House Speaker Dave Hunt (503-986-1200) and Representative Peter Buckley (503-986-1405). The fate of the bill is largely in their hands and it could die in the next couple days, if we don’t convince them to let SB 621 have a hearing and a work session.

With the Revenue Committee having closed, it is hard to say exactly what will convince the Oregon Speaker of the House Dave Hunt to re-open the bill that brings more work to Oregon by enhancing the Oregon Production Investment Fund. Your opinion may be what persuades him. Or maybe sheer volume will. Either way, please engage your civic self today.

MESSAGE:

* 621 is a job creation bill that can be immediately employed by the Oregon Legislature.

* Give SB 621 a fair hearing and work session in the House of Representatives. The work that has gone into this bill from the industry, the unions, the Oregon Senate and the Oregon Governor warrants a fair hearing in the House.

* SB 621 has a with a no-risk structure that places the investment risk on the participating business, not on the state government.

Please be forceful, but try to keep it positive.

If you have talked to another Oregon Representative and they are supportive of 621, ask them please to take our case to Hunt and Buckley.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LAGenX Radio Interviews Casting Director Lana Veenker

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Listen in to this episode of LAGenX Radio, in which Lana’s college buddy Gina Yates (now a high-falutin’ LA radio producer and on-air personality) and her Gen X cohorts Jason Burns and Jeff Phillips try to convince Lana to help relaunch actor Mark Hamill‘s career.

They also get Lana talking about crazy stalker Twilight fans, embarrassing college drama department stories and Lana’s suggestions for using Twitter as a tool to promote your acting career.

The “Hamill Time” segment starts about 32 minutes in, but listen to the whole program for a discussion of Twitter, Gen X-ers, low-hanging fruit and a cat with pica:

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LAGenX Radio broadcasts live every Saturday at 11:00 AM Pacific Time on LATalkRadio.com.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

105.1 The Buzz interview with Nelson & Terry

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Here’s the MP3 of this morning’s interview with Nelson & Terry of 105.1 The Buzz on our search for a pregnant body double for Charlize Theron and on the bustling film business in Oregon.

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Thanks to Nelson, Terry and the team for the plug!

Friday, April 4, 2008

On the Set of "Twilight"

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Just a quick note to all you Twilight fans out there:

I dropped in on set the other day and it looked fantastic!! They were shooting the Forks High School cafeteria scene where Bella first sees the Cullen family. I think you’ll all be pleased.

Had a chance to chat with Stephenie Meyer a bit about casting while we were watching the action on the monitors. What a lovely and genuine person. After lunch, I saw that she went around to sign books for the extras. She’s tireless!

It was great to see producer Wyck Godfrey again (he was here on “Management” with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn last fall) and catch up with other friends and colleagues.

Catherine Hardwicke and the ADs were hard at work, making sure each take was perfect. The art direction looked fantastic and Stephenie told me herself that she was very pleased with the cast. Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) also said they were having a great time filming in Oregon.

The cast and crew are working really hard and very long hours, but the vibe on set was great and everyone seems totally dedicated to making the film the best that it can be. I can’t wait to see the final product!