Before a capacity crowd of more than 500 Oregon film and TV workers Tuesday night Oregon governor John Kitzhaber revealed that his current budget proposal calls for increasing the Oregon Production Investment Fund (the state’s film incentive program) from $6 million to $12 million per year.
“I got to see what ($100 million-plus) of productions look like on the ground,” Kitzhaber said. “And the finished products are remarkable. For a state that had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate two years ago, this industry is helping us in a lot of ways.” (Read the entire story…)
Giegrich also notes in his story that, while the final numbers haven’t come in, the Governor’s Office of Film and Television expects film and TV spending in 2012 to surpass 2011′s record $130 million.
“My recommended budget recommends doubling the film investment fund from $6 million to $12 million which [will] increase the capacity to bring more films here,” governor Kitzhaber told KGW reporter Joe Smith during an interview at the event.
The event also celebrated the role TNT’s recently-canceled Leverage played in the film and TV industry’s extraordinary growth over the past three years. As the Oregonian’s Kristi Turnquist notes in her article on the event
Vince Porter, executive director of the Oregon film office, recalled that learning “Leverage” was coming to Oregon was “such a big sigh of relief, after ‘Twilight’ let us know they weren’t coming back.”
Oregon State Sen. Ginny Burdick announced that, in Devlin’s honor, the film office had arranged with Friends of Trees to plant four trees in Portland neighborhoods, one for each of the four seasons of “Leverage” filmed in Oregon.
Devlin complimented and thanked the Oregon crews and others who worked on “Leverage,” including elected officials.
And as a final gift to “Leverage” fans still mourning the show’s cancellation, Devlin hinted there might be more to come. “The show’s not quite dead,” he said, adding he was talking about possibly finding a new network for it.
Beyond that, Devlin’s production company has two new series and four features in the works. “And we would like,” he said, “to bring as many of them as possible here.” (Read the entire article…)
We’re heartened by the governor’s continuing support for Oregon’s film and TV industry, but it should be noted that his proposal to double Oregon’s film incentives is just that – a proposal. That proposal must still be accepted by the state’s legislature, which begins its 2013 session on February 4. We’re urging Oregon film and TV workers (and their supporters) to take the time now, before the session begins, to talk to their legislators and ask them to support the governor’s proposal to bring more film and television projects (and the jobs associated with them) to the state!