We’ve been reading lots of TV show news recently. The TNT show Leverage, which will wrap up shooting its third season on Friday, just announced it would be back in Oregon for a fourth season. Fans of the online series Thunderant will be happy to hear that it’s being turned into a new show all about Portland, debuting next year on the Independent Film Channel. And then there’s the CW show Life Unexpected, which is about to start its second season. It takes place in Portland but is shot mainly in Vancouver, BC. All of this got us wondering how the state is being portrayed on the small and big screens — and how the film biz is doing in Oregon since the last time we talked about it.
Have you produced, directed or acted in a film or television production in Oregon? Do you make a living in the industry in the northwest? What would make it easier for you to do what you do? Do you enjoy seeing your city or town on the small or big screen? What do you think shows get right — and wrong — about our region?
- KEARIE PEAK: Co-executive producer of Leverage
- LANA VEENKER: President of Lana Veenker Casting in Portland, casting director for Leverage
- TODD FREEMAN: Independent filmmaker
- KEVIN KLOWDEN: Managing economist and director of the California Center
- KRISTI TURNQUIST: Pop culture reporter for The Oregonian newspaper