As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, Oregon’s governor played a part in the opening ceremonies for Grimm’s second season in Portland. Governor Kitzhaber’s visit to the set wasn’t the only grimm activity happening in Oregon as production on NBC’s supernatural crime show resumes, however.
The day started with a visit to KATU’s AM Northwest from Emmy award-winning actor (and Oregon Film board member) Ed Asner. During the half-hour interview with hosts Dave Anderson and Helen Raptis Asner encouraged the audience to support the film incentive program that brings productions such as Grimm – and the jobs created by them – to Oregon.
Asner moved from the AM Northwest to the Grimm stages in NW Portland (where apparently he did a little flirting with series star Bitsie Tulloch.) He was joined in northwest Portland by the series lead cast, Oregon legislators, business owners and governor John Kitzhaber who toured the set and even cut a cake (purchased from an Oregon City bakery) to kick off the show’s second season of production.
Celebrity blogger Byron Beck was also in attendance, and got some candid photos of the event and the assembled luminaries attending it. While everyone at the Season 2 “kick off” ceremony had smiles on their faces and enjoyed a slice of cake, they all acknowledged the economic benefit Grimm has brought – and will continue to bring – to Oregon. The Oregonian’s Kristi Turnquist broke down the numbers in her story on the event.
…Kitzhaber said that, in its first season of episodes, “Grimm” was the largest production ever filmed in Oregon.
The Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television estimates that when final numbers are in for Season 1, “Grimm” will have spent about $50 million in Oregon in 2011-12.
Along with the TV series “Leverage” and “Portlandia,” and film projects including “ParaNorman,” the upcoming animated feature from Hillsboro’s Laika studio, “Grimm” contributed to a record $130 million spent in Oregon on film, TV and commercial production in 2011.
Such spending — on equipment, crew members, construction, lodging and other expenses — is a plus for Oregon, Kitzhaber said. “It’s just a good industry for the state,” he said, and “‘Grimm’ has been a real success.” (Read the entire article…)
Meanwhile, some Oregon actors who have appeared on the show visited the Springfield studios of KMTR TV – specifically, two Talented Animals: Mac the cat and Justice the dog.