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THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW: Crystal Palmer

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People,Jacob Demmit

Palmer is the director of the District's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Over her 20-year career, she has worked to bring crews to D.C. from productions such as "The West Wing," "Bones" and "The Bourne Legacy," which will premier in August.

How many productions take place in the District each year?

I would say on average about 300 productions of varying sizes film here.

Of all those you've worked with, which has been the most exciting?

I would think "The American President." ... In terms of the film that did the best job of showing D.C. beyond the monuments, I would say "State of Play," the film that stared Russell Crowe.

How has it been working with "The Bourne Legacy" crews?

We always love trilogies because there's always the hope that there will be another sequel. ["The Bourne Legacy"] went really well. Of course, when you get stars of that magnitude that has positive cachet on whatever destination they're filming in. ... I think they did pretty much the postcard Washington shots.

Is there anything else major coming up?

["White House Down" hopes] to start filming here in July. ... A couple of TV pilots got picked up. On ABC, I think "Scandal" got renewed and NBC picked up a TV pilot called "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" and of course Fox comes here periodically to film their top-rated show "Bones." ... There's talk of an Oprah Winfrey project coming called "The Butler," which would be just fantastic.

How does the city benefit from these projects?

It serves as a billboard in terms of advertising a venue. It definitely helps to spur tourism. In addition to that, they do hire our local crew base. We have quite a number of people who work in all facets of the industry. In addition to that, it certainly does help the number of people who stay in hotel beds, they use caterers and all the crew get per diem [pay].

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