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Oregon a perfect fit for Grimm

Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt are in Portland producing the first season of NBC’s Grimm.

They are also keynote presenters at this year’s Portland Creative Conference on Saturday September 17th.

Jim co-wrote Rush Hour starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker for New Line in 1998, Snow Dogs starring Cuba Gooding and James Coburn in 2002, and Taxi staring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in 2004. He has also worked in television, producing and writing with David Greenwalt for Angel (WB) and writing and producing on The Handler (CBS). In 2004 his last Disney release was National Treasure which Jim wrote and starred Nicolas Cage, directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  National Treasure 2, which is based on his characters, was released in 2007. Jim has also Executive Produced and written for the CBS TOUCHSTONE/DISNEY series Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, during its first two seasons. In 2011 Jim has written TV Pilots for Fox Cable (Buck) and NBC (Grimm).  In March of 2011 Jim produced the pilot for Grimm in Portland, Oregon with his partners David Greenwalt, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.  He is presently working on Grimm, the series for NBC, filming in Portland.

David’s credits include three Disney TV movies – Help Wanted Kids, Exile and Double Switch — (all of which he directed), PROFIT, which he co-created with John McNamara, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (exec producer, writer and director) Angel (co-created with Joss Whedon)  Miracles for ABC, Jake 2.0, and many other projects. His current venture is Grimm, coming to NBC this October on Friday nights. He and his long time partner Jim Kouf wrote and produced the pilot and are running the show with Hazy Mills producers Todd Milliner and Sean Hayes.

Despite their hectic schedules, they recently had a few minutes to talk about what they love about working in Oregon

Oregon is like another character in the show. We love the mossy trees, the quaint archtecture, the chic downtown; like our show, it’s half storybook, half modern. There are so many looks and scenes available to us within our shooting zone. And we love the rain; we shoot no matter what the weather is. The rain adds a moodiness that is consistent with the feel of the show.

Everyone here is so conscious of the environment- you see people everywhere on bikes and with their reusable grocery bags. It’s great that people care so much about taking care of the local ecology.

There’s a wonderful talent pool available here with cast and crew, and everyone is so friendly. Even people who aren’t working on the show are welcoming and happy to have us here. Everyone is enthusastic about the project, and, of course, excited to be working in this economy. And we’re happy to be spending lots of money here in Oregon.

Grimm premieres October 21 at 9pm on NBC, and you can catch Jim and David at the Portland Creative Conference on Saturday September 17th.


August 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment