From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-655-8520 07-15-13

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Hollywood film producer to discuss "Operation Hollywood" project to hire veterans for film and media projects

Renowned film producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis will speak to Clackamas County Commissioners Tuesday about her nationally prominent efforts to find film industry jobs for veterans and returning troops.

DeLaurentiis has won wide acclaim for her role in establishing “Operation Hollywood” a program dedicated to finding industry-related jobs for veterans.  She will discuss those efforts at a meeting with County Commissioners Tuesday, July 16.

Clackamas County Business and Economic Development Manager Catherine Comer along with Andy Mingo, Director of Digital Media Communications at Clackamas Community College have been working with DeLaurentiis to discuss a partnership between the county, Operation Hollywood and Clackamas Community College – as part of the newly forming Clackamas Film and Media Alliance – focusing on similar opportunities in the film industry for local veterans.

“Over the past months, we have unveiled new initiatives designed to make Clackamas County an inviting, user-friendly place to bring film and media projects,” Comer said.  “The mission of Operation Hollywood is so aligned with the county’s goals to assist veterans, this just makes sense.”

“It has always been my passion to help veterans,” DeLaurentiis states, “They have sacrificed so much for our freedom.  I think it’s important for all of us to give back.  We are excited to explore these new opportunities for returning service men and women to have careers in the film industry.”

“As we continue to see Oregon's film and TV industry grow, we expect to need a deeper crew base to satisfy that growth,” Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television said.  “The notion of training Oregon's veterans to become film workers is a great idea.  I'm sure the skills they have learned in the military will easily apply to the film and television industry.”

DeLaurentiis recently spoke at Camp Withycombe during the Governor’s Executive Employment Brief which was hosted by the Oregon National Guard.

Clackamas County Business and Economic Development division serves as the primary liaison between film and media productions, cities and agencies. It is responsible for marketing and attracting film and media-related businesses to Clackamas County for the purpose of economic development; for assisting productions with the permitting process; and for connecting and facilitating communications between Clackamas County communities and productions.

To learn more about Clackamas County Business and Economic Development and its film and media initiatives, go to http://www.clackamas.us/business/film.html  

For more information, contact Tim Heider at theider@clackamas.us or 503-742-5911.

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