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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portland’s “Wild” creative economy

Portland’s growing creative economy has had an exciting week!

On Sunday night, TNT debuted the latest season of the Portland-based TV show, The Librarians.  Nearly 5.5 million people tuned in, making it cable TV’s most watched series premiere this year!


Nick enjoyed visiting the set of The Librarians over the summer, where he toured and watched filming.   

Last night, Nick was delighted to attend the star-studded premiere of the movie Wild at Cinema 21.  The movie is based on the best-selling memoir of Portlander Cheryl Strayed.  Reese Witherspoon plays Strayed, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail following her mother’s death.

Wild was filmed throughout Portland and Oregon, and showcases the spectacular beauty of our city and state. 

It’s an exciting time for Portland, and a testament to the hard work of countless people working in our creative economy. In 2013, Portland ranked fifth in the nation for the best place to live and work as an independent American filmmaker.

As Council Liaison to the arts and small businesses, Nick supports creative industries that contribute to our local economy. Since 2007, the greater-Portland area has experienced a 24% increase in film and video production jobs – thanks to producers from projects like Wild, The Librarians, Grimm, Portlandia, and many others who are committed to hiring our local talent.

Party Report: Reese Witherspoon, Lauara Dern Appear at Portland "Wild Premiere"

Byron Beck in GoLocalPDX

On the "Wild" Movie Trail in Oregon

Tim Neville in The New York Times

Wild premiere: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and the stars come out in Northwest Portland

Jeff Baker in The Oregonian


Filmed-in-Portland 'The Librarians': A playful, hectic mix of comedy, fantasy and adventure (review)

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian