The State of Oregon’s Film and TV Industry 2011: Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Every year Oregon’s governor gives a “State of the Industry” address to Oregon’s film & TV industry at the Oregon Film annual meeting… and every year we ask you, our readers, to give us your own “State of the Industry Address” – to reflect on what’s gone well in the past year, where the industry is headed in the coming year, and the challenges Oregon’s industry faces as it moves forward.

We received several “State of the Industry” articles from people around the state, and we’ll be sharing them with you over the next few days.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Portland Mayor Sam Adams

(Comments from the City of Portland’s 2011 Arts and Culture Progress Report)

This was a banner year for the arts and creative industries in Portland, and to see the positive economic effects of that success, you don’t have to look any farther than the nearest television or movie theater.

This past summer, a record three television shows were shooting in Portland. Grimm, Portlandia and Leverage didn’t just bring the streets, parks and flavor of Portland to screens around the world, they brought money, jobs and investments to our City. Along with the feature films and commercials made here, these TV projects brought hundreds of jobs to Portlanders and, in 2011 alone, over $110 million dollars of spending into Oregon’s economy, much of it here in our city. That is nearly double the previous record amount, set back in 2009. How’s that for a growth industry?

And let’s be clear, these productions call Portland home. Leverage puts over 450 locals on payroll each season and over 90% of the Portlandia crew consists of local hires. Consider on top of that the significant purchases and contracts being made with Portland businesses that support this industry such as hardware shops, restaurants and security firms.

Portland and Oregon have developed a reputation as great places to film, with a strong local talent pool in front of and behind the camera. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television, from 2007 through the end of this year, the total impact of state-allied projects is projected to be over $540 million dollars. The City of Portland plays a small but critical role in making these productions possible through the Office of Film & Video at the Portland Development Commission. This is a great example of investing smartly in our creative economy in a way that has a huge impact for all of Portland. Our industry has even gone green.

Sam Adams is the mayor of Portland.  These remarks were originally published in the city’s 2011 Arts and Culture Progress Report, posted online earlier this week.  Mayor Adams has been a strong supporter of Portland’s film and television industry, and 2012 will be his final year in office.  He’ll be missed by many people in the industry.

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Harold Phillips has worked professionally in theatre, film and television for over 20 years. In that time, he's built a reputation for his commitment to the characters he plays and his efforts to strengthen the film and theatre industries in the cities he's worked in. Harold has gained prominence in the quickly growing world of digital media, with appearances in the wildly popular web series Lady Wasteland, Animus Cross, and the interactive movie The Outbreak. In addition to appearances in commercials and independent films (including the comedic Crackin' The Code and thrillers Sum Of The Parts and Dark Horizon), Harold has spent many years working on stage in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about Harold, please visit his web site at or follow him on Twitter at
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