Oregon Media Production Community Rolls Out Red Carpet, Honors Best Local Performances Of The Year


The annual 2015 Oregon Actors Awards took place at the Portland Center Stage, to a packed house over the week end.  The awards recognized outstanding members of Oregon’s film, video and multimedia industry.  Four awards were given to film, TV and commercial actors, and one for community service.

(Watch KGW’s piece on the evening here.)

The winners were:

Also at the event were the graduate actors from the Cast Iron Studio’s Class of 2015 Talent Diversity Initiative that took place in Portland over the last two months. (32 local NW actors completed a 6 week intensive training course that was part of the inaugural Talent Diversity Initiative.  The program is being produced by Cast Iron Studios, in partnership with Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios, and will be sponsored by TNT.

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Ashland Independent Film Festival ~ LAUNCH Student Film Competition 2016

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Ready, Set, LAUNCH!

We are looking for storytellers for the LAUNCH Student Film Competition with short films that are innovative,  creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and unique.

Do you have a great story to share?  Here’s what you need to know:

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Do You Have Content To Offer Internationally?


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The US Commercial Service Office and their counterparts in the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, are supporting U.S. firms participation in the Rio Content Market (RCM) next March.  They would like to get the word out to the Oregon creative community who has content they may be interested in offering internationally.  The exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Latin America (3500 attendees last year).

Rio Content Market

  • Who: Producers of content for television: companies which produce TV series, individual shows, animations, documentaries, independent productions, feature length movies for TV, reality shows, stage or movie adaptations, complementary TV digital media, scripts
    What: Meet with Brazilian & international broadcast & cable network executives to pitch your programs to their networks in 1-on-1 meetings & learn about the market in keynotes, lectures, & round-tables;.
    When: 8-11 March, 2016
    Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Why: Brazil is the largest TV market in Latin America (54M pay-V subscribers & growing quickly, 24% CAGR 2007-13), & there are opportunities to pitch to broadcasters in many other countries too. Other countries have been bringing foreign delegations to Rio Content Market for years & successfully selling their content & negotiating co-productions. Americans should too.
    How: Sign up with us to take part in our program at Rio Content Market

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OMPA Invites You To The 2015 Oregon Actor Awards!


OMPA invites you to join us on Monday, November 23rd as we celebrate the brightest rising stars in Oregon. The Oregon Actor Awards recognizes on-camera talent whose work has been featured on network television, award-winning feature films, local and national advertising campaigns, short films and web series. The ceremony will be held at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, and includes a red carpet arrival, awards ceremony and hosted reception. The event is also a fundraiser for APP-NW. APP-NW provides valuable services and support to the Oregon acting community.  Read More »

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About Strata: Portraits of Humanity

 StrataImage-webProduced by our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Archaeological Legacy Institute, Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a unique program, unlike any other available on TV today. Strata is a fresh monthly showcase for unique, captivating and diverse stories about our cultural heritage from an archaeological perspective. Our program segments are seen for the most part only in this show, which is delivered consistently on the 15th of each month. We produce some of the segments ourselves and acquire the rest from our dozens of producer and distributor partners around the world. Our stories come from across the globe, ranging from the United States to Canada, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and many other locations. We have an endless supply of fresh content in our pipeline.  Read More »

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100 Episodes Of “Grimm” Has Meant Job Growth, Local Business Support & Portland Recognition

Grimm 100th cake by local oregonian, Michelle Honeman at Sugar Mommas Bake Shop http://sugarmommasbakeshop.com/

Grimm 100th cake by local Oregonian, Michelle Honeman at Sugar Mommas Bake Shop http://sugarmommasbakeshop.com/

Portland celebrated “Grimm’s” 100th episode on Tuesday.  Thank you to Governor Kate Brown, Nick Fish, Oregon legislators and the cast and crew who all gathered on the “Grimm” stage to celebrate this occasion.  And there is a lot to celebrate in addition to the show reaching it’s 100th milestone:

  • more than 250 million dollars has been directly spent by “Grimm” in Oregon thus far
  • more than a 70% job growth in the motion picture & video industry over the last five years
  • over 350 companies that have benefited from business with the show

Portland’s City Commissioner, Nick Fish, declared November 10th “Grimm Day” and the stage building was renamed “The Grimm Building”.

Governor Kate Brown (photo David Nguyen)

Governor Kate Brown (photo David Nguyen)


Here’s what the press said:

Portland Business Journal

The Oregonian



Cast and crew of 'Grimm" and Governor Kate Brown. (Photo David Nguyen)

Cast and crew of ‘Grimm” and Governor Kate Brown. (Photo David Nguyen)





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Clackamas Community College And Oregon Story Board Awarded $100,000 Microsoft Grant

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Microsoft’s HoloLens Academic Grant  was awarded to five educational institutions nationwide, along with two Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition devices, to each recipient, to further aid their research and development of their respective projects. Clackamas Community College and OSB will use the HoloLens technology to “develop a trade-based curriculum for Clackamas students, particularly students in the automotive program”.

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with your world. Unlock all-new ways to connect, create, collaborate, and explore.

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PDXpendables Celebrates Their First Anniversary

PDXpendables owners at GOFT event 2015

PDXpendables owners at GOFT event 2015

The owners of PDXpendables Stage and Studio Supplies LLC, Don Rohrbacker and David Bluford are pleased to announce their first Anniversary.
PDXpendables was formed in November of 2014 with a view to provide superior customer service to the Entertainment Industry. In the past year we have served clients as diverse as large animation studios, television series, even the Theatre departments of Community Colleges and every type of client in between.

Taking advantage of relationships formed with every major manufacturer in Entertainment over the past 30 years, PDXpendables provides Grip, Lighting, and a broad range of Expendables.  From Arri’s newest L10-C  LED Fresnels to Sticky Mats for Sound Stages we provide it all. As an added convenience to our clients- we deliver.

LED kit IIn addition to sales, PDXpendables also features a select inventory of hard to find rental items. We have Arri’s much in demand M40 System with the newest HS Ballast which allows you to work the Phantom camera. American Grip’s Blackbird Stand- a crank up stand that goes to 18′, currently the highest such stand for rent in town. Our newest offering is Arri’s newest LED kit- which features a L5-C Fresnel and two Locaster Soft Heads.

We invite you to check out the website at http://pdxpendables.com


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“The Librarians” Premiered with Season 2

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It’s great to have “The Librarians” back.  They premiered Season 2 November 1 (TNT).   Link to the Oregonian interview with Christian Kane, here.

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Two-Day Workshop: Hand Make 16mm Film Stock

SATURDAY, NOV 20, 10AM-2 PM & SUNDAY, NOV 21, 10AM-5 PM (with lunch break)
Tuition: $115
Hand make your own 16mm film stock using silver-gelatin and acetate, then shoot on and handprocess it to explore the possibilities of what this remarkable medium has to offer! Digital may be the industry norm today, but there’s renewed curiosity in the filmmaking community about the 16mm film format, especially when used in creative, alternative ways. In this two-day workshop with Colorado-based collective Process Reversal, participants will learn various DIY strategies to formulate, mix and coat silver-gelatin onto cellulose acetate and other materials, generating homemade emulsion (the photosensitive side of photographic film) that is the basis for achieving dynamic variations in grain, texture, and streaking effects.  Read More »

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