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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NBC picks "Grimm" pilot filmed in Portland for series

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KGW’s Joe Smith spoke to Vince Porter from the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Mayor Sam Adams, Doug Boss, owner of Pacific Grip and Lighting, and Lana Veenker about the new NBC series “Grimm” that the Film Office has confirmed will begin shooting in Portland in July.

NBC picks ‘Grimm’ pilot filmed in Portland for series
by Joe Smith
KGW News Channel 8
May 24, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. — Once upon a time in a place not too far away, the producers of a new NBC show chose the Rose City to bring its production. It’s not a fairy tale, but a true story.

The show “Grimm” is a cop drama based on the Grimm fairy tales. It’s also is a showcase for Oregon’s growing film industry, with hundreds of jobs in the starring role.

Producers spent weeks in Portland filming the pilot for the show, then waited. Would the network like it? They did.

The next question: Where would the series itself be filmed?

“NBC let us know they’re committed,” said Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Oregon Film & TV.

Porter says the network’s decision to film the series in Portland is having a ripple effect though Oregon’s film community.

“To have a big broadcast show that’s set in Portland is a real step up for us.”

But, as much as the producers love Portland, they also love the tax credits Oregon is offering. A percentage in cash rebates goes to the production company for spending at least $750,000 in Oregon on wages and service. That’s an easy reach for Grimm.

“It can really tip over $2 million an episode,” said Porter.

There are also other incentives: no sales tax, and built-in crews and services, from cameras, to lights to action with northwest actors.

“The minute Grimm starts up they’re going to hire 150 people and by July there will be 250,” says Lana Veenker, a local casting director who cast eight local actors for the pilot.

Link to full article and video.

 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Oregon Filmmakers Testify before Joint Tax Credit Committee on HB 2167

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In case you missed this the other day, Oregon filmmakers visited the State Capitol in Salem last week to testify before the Joint Tax Credit Committee on HB 2167, the bill that would extend and expand our state film incentive program.

Committee members later said that this hearing was a model for how legislative hearings should go, as Oregon film industry members painted a very clear picture of the value of our incentive program from every possible angle.

Legislators first heard testimony from Dean Devlin, Executive Producer of TNT’s Leverage, Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Steve Oster, Producer of the NBC pilot Grimm and former Executive Director of the Film Office.

They were followed by producers, crew members and vendors from around the state, a talent agent and casting director (moi!), and two representatives from educational institutions offering Film Studies programs.

As Co-Chair Berger summed it up: “This has been a real revelation of an industry that some of us, we only see what’s up in front, we don’t see all the things that are going on behind. Fascinating.”

You can listen to the audio of the hearing here:

RealPlayer required (free download here).