Portland Casting Director Lana Veenker Checks In On The State of Oregon’s Film & TV Industry

Portland-based casting director Lana Veenker

Portland-based casting director Lana Veenker

Portland-based casting director Lana Veenker stopped by the studios of KATU TV’s AM Northwest last week and shared some very interesting information on the state of Oregon’s film and TV industry.

In her interview with AM Northwest’s Dave Anderson, Veenker highlighted the tremendous impact film and television production has had in the state:

“… with all this economic bad news, film has really been a success story.  The just did a study, and they found out that in 2011 the film industry brough $1.4 billion in economic activity to Oregon.”

Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis

Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis

While much of the conversation revolved around local businesses and Oregon residents who have benefitted from films and TV shows already shooting here such as Portlandia and “another TV show shot here” (we’re assuming that “other” show is broadcast on rival network NBC…) a portion of the interview was also devoted to the new pilot Electric Entertainment, producers of the recently-cancelled Leverage, is bringing to the state.

The Governor’s Office of Film and Television recently confirmed that the as-yet-untitled pilot, starring Oscar-winner Geena Davis, will be filmed in Oregon this April.  Deadline.com is also reporting today that Gloria Reuben, Enrico Colantoni and Marsha Mason are slated to co-star in the project.

 


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