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Oregon's Film & Television Board hires new executive director

Still from feature film WildThe Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television has a new executive director, its board announced last week.

Tim Williams comes to the job at the film commission after a long career in film and TV production and finance throughout the US and internationally. He has been both an executive and independent producer for more than 25 years and has partnered on projects with companies as diverse as Fox Searchlight, FreMantle Media, HBO, BBC, Vuguru, Hulu, BlipTV, Legendary Pictures and Film Finances.

The newly hired film commissioner recently worked for Fox Searchlight during preparations for the upcoming film Wild (pictured) – which shot on more locations throughout Oregon than any other feature film. He is replacing outgoing executive director Vince Porter.

“I’m excited about the people, the talent and the infrastructure that I have met and seen in Oregon,” said Williams, “and I can’t wait to help build on what is already a thriving creative community through a programme which seeks to invest in a diverse pattern of both local and outside projects. This is a state I have always admired…but it wasn’t until working on Wild that I saw the strength of the Oregon production community and the diversity of locations that make this such a great filming destination.”

Oregon Film Office’s mission is to promote the development of the film, video, and multimedia industry in Oregon, and to enhance its revenues, profile, and reputation within the state, and among the industry internationally.

At the time of writing Oregon is home to the production Brothers-In-Law (w/t), starring Bill Pullman (Independence Day, While You Were Sleeping) and Rita Wilson (Runaway Bride). The feature is currently shooting in and around Klamath Falls.

Line producer on the film, Jenny Hinkey, told a local news channel about the impact of filming on a local economy (she expects at least $700,000 will be spent in Oregon by the production).  Hinkey said: “In a very brief amount of time we can have a have a great impact on an area, and it’s a lot of fun for the community”.