Oregon's film scene expands

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Oregon's film, television and TV commercial production industry has grown from $62 million in 2009 to $130 million in 2011.

Vince Porter, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television spoke to Bloomberg Businessweek about the reasons behind his state’s entertainment boom.

"My favorite story so far is of this place called 52nd Ave. Hardware & Building Supply in Portland that has come to supply a large portion of the industry—about 30 to 40 vendors—with props and sets. The producers realized that if the script changes and they suddenly need to build a new set, they can go to 52nd Ave. and have it the next day. There’s also an industrial cable and lighting company in Bend, Ore., that has added seven people to its payroll and kept them just because of these shows."

Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek.

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