The State of Oregon’s Film & TV Industry 2010: Sam Downey

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Earlier this month, we asked you – the readers – to give us your “State of the Industry Address” as 2010 wound to a close.  Several of you responded to our call, and over the next few days we’ll be sharing some of these statements with you.

Talent Manger Sam Downey:

Talent Manager Sam Downey

The future of our industry in Oregon depends on Oregonians understanding that support of our tax incentives benefits their fellow Oregonians, not big-time Hollywood producers. Hollywood producers will get their good tax deals from one state or another but for Oregon to remain a player we must have tax incentives. Without them we will not survive as an industry no matter how much local work is generated.

We have everything in place for our film & video industry to become one of the major industries in our state. This is possible for us because we are close to LA…I’ve actually flown to Portland from Burbank quicker than I have driven to Culver City from Hollywood in drive time traffic.

Our infrastructure requires the following to compete effectively:

*A good leader. We have this with Vince Porter at the Film Office.

*Great crews and actors. Done.

*Great success stories from major producers. Got them.

*Unparalleled locations. Choose from beaches to deserts to the prehistoric-looking Columbia Gorge and more.

It’s not everyday we get the opportunity to create and support an industry without having to take money from our overstretched budget. Ten years down the road we can have a thriving industry much like that in Vancouver B.C. — green and non-polluting. And the bonus is that we won’t lose our sons and daughters to Los Angeles if they want to have a career in the business.

Sam Downey is a talent manager based in Portland and Los Angeles.

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About haroldphillips

Harold Phillips has worked professionally in theatre, film and television for over 20 years. In that time, he's built a reputation for his commitment to the characters he plays and his efforts to strengthen the film and theatre industries in the cities he's worked in. Harold has gained prominence in the quickly growing world of digital media, with appearances in the wildly popular web series Lady Wasteland, Animus Cross, and the interactive movie The Outbreak. In addition to appearances in commercials and independent films (including the comedic Crackin' The Code and thrillers Sum Of The Parts and Dark Horizon), Harold has spent many years working on stage in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about Harold, please visit his web site at
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