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Governor Brown signs bill that aims to bring new film and TV projects to OR

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Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1507 at Laika in Hillsboro on Thursday. (KPTV) Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1507 at Laika in Hillsboro on Thursday. (KPTV)
HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

You've probably run into crews shooting Portlandia or Grimm around Portland, and Governor Kate Brown is hoping a new bill will bring even more productions to Oregon.

After 10 years and three stop-motion animation films, including ParaNorman and Coraline, Laika is thriving in Hillsboro. Governor Brown hopes a new bill will help other studios do the same.

Standing in front of one of the incredible sets of Laika's latest film, Governor Brown and fellow lawmakers announced the signing of Senate Bill 1507.

The bill will expand the Oregon Production Investment Fund that offers incentives to companies hoping to shoot and produce creative projects in Oregon.

Governor Brown congratulated the team at Laika for becoming a major success story in home-grown filmmaking.

Director of Rapid Prototype at Laika, Brian McLean, just won a Science and Technology Oscar for his work on The Boxtrolls. McLean gave FOX 12 a behind-the-scenes look at Laika last year.

Governor Brown said everybody wins by making Oregon more attractive to people in film and television production.

"The program generates over $160 million in spending a year and more than 3,000 jobs. With the signing of this bill, I expect the number of local productions will grow even more."

Laika's fourth animated film is called Kubo and the Two Strings, and it comes out in theaters this August.

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