Good news for local cast and crew, it looks like with today’s news of “The Librarians” getting renewed by TNT (via TNT PressRoom), all of the local Portland and Oregon-based TV shows have been renewed.
Namesake “Portlandia” was picked up for two additional seasons (via Hollywood Reporter). Producer David Cress once told me that it’s one of the cheapest reality-esque TV series to produce, so it’s a no brainer for the network to buy into the world-wide fascination of Portland. And for some reason, “Seatllelandia,” “Denverlandia,” “Vancouverlandia” or “New Yorklandia” just doesn’t fit.
NBC’s “GRIMM” was branded a “friday success story” by Deadline.com with news of their renewal stretching them into season 5 (via deadline.com). Also on the PR front, “GRIMM” made some positive news with their recent “GRIMM GALA”, raising over 300k for the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
All of the productions rely on funds from Oregon Film, the governor’s office of film and video games (yes, video games). Tim Williams, just off his gig from Reese Witherspoon’s “WILD,” is riding high and reaching out to most Oregon-based film organizations. He made a trip down to Ashland to celebrate Southern Oregon Film & Media and jetted back to make the opening night party at the International Festival. It’s nice to see his enthusiasm, drive and ability to bring organizations together.
Tim mentioned Steven Spielberg’s people called about using Oregon for his upcoming “Minority Report” project; but we didn’t have enough financial film incentives to be competitive. With “50 Shades of Grey,” and now Rain Wilson’s cop comedy set in Portland, but shot in Vancouver, it’s really come to light that we’ve lost some potentially economic influx because of our ceiling on film incentives.
It’s great news that all of the productions are seeing success, but it also comes at a cost of leaving room for new large productions to come to town. The film incentive program expires in 2017, and it looks like we’re outgrowing our program. Let’s hope the legislature comes together and increases our share of film production in Oregon.
Unlike other industries such as technology or athletic and sportswear, the film industry actually promotes tourism in addition to the jobs before, during and after production—just ask the couple that own the diner featured in the “Twilight” series (via Oregonlive.com).