TV show Leverage lifts Portland economy

| Print |  Email
Articles - July 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010

 

0710_ATS05
Timothy Hutton, center, and the Leverage cast. Cast and crew were paid their per diems in $2 bills to make the show’s impact on Portland’s economy visible. There are 75,000 $2 bills now floating around the city.
© PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL MULLER, TM & TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION. A TIME WARNER COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The TV show Leverage has brought Portland more than fame and the fun factor of having Timothy Hutton walking around downtown. It put $20 million into the local economy.

The show’s second season, which filmed in Portland in 2009, employed 397 Oregonians for 150,000 hours, and contracted for services with more than 400 vendors and agencies.

 

Leverage is filming and airing its third season now, and plans to stay in Portland as long as it’s signed for more episodes and state incentives are still available. The show’s producers filmed season one in Los Angeles and decided to move for season two. The production moved to Portland instead of Vancouver, B.C., because of Portland’s friendliness, local talent and great shooting sites.

Leverage got almost $4 million in rebates for the more than $20 million of goods, services and labor it purchased during its second season, according to the Governor’s Office of Film and Television. The state gives a 20% rebate on goods and services purchased, and a 16.2% rebate for salaries paid to Oregonians.

Leverage’s executive producer Dean Devlin says there’s also a “trickle-up” impact when businesses contracted with Leverage spend their cash. “It really is the ultimate stimulus program.”

David Besaw of 52nd Ave Hardware & Business Supply says he was looking at cutting staff and health insurance, but a Leverage contract for the third season saved his business. “We were able to hire two more full-time employees,” says Besaw.

“In some cities people are jaded with filming,” says Devlin. “In Portland, people bring us milk and cookies.”

ANGELA WEBBER
 

More Articles

Photo Log: Waterfront Blues Festival

The Latest
Thursday, July 09, 2015
bluesfestthumbBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger.  About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.


Read more...

Wildcards

Guest Blog
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
072815fergusonthumbBY JASON NORRIS

Uncertainty in Greece and China, along with potential interest rate hikes mean investors are looking at the market and nervously questioning where they should be invested.


Read more...

Reader Input: Rx for Health Care

July/August 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We asked readers how Obamacare has impacted their business.


Read more...

Inside the Box

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE

Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?


Read more...

Flattery with Numbers

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT

The false promise of economic impact statements.


Read more...

Portland’s long-distance bike commuters

The Latest
Monday, August 03, 2015
Matt KellyresizethumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

Pushing the extreme.


Read more...

Fueling Up for the Climb

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY GREGG MORRIS

Rita Hansen aims to scale natural gas vehicle innovation.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS