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A thread to join the Tech Boom thread in light of recent announcements.

First we had the expansion of Pinewood a while back.

Very recently the Movieland Studio announcement for Markham.

Now, CBS television is getting their very own production facility (O&O) in Mississauga.

These new facilities are not small and will add multiple sound stages including some of the largest in the world.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-pinewood-toronto-film-20180712-story.html

https://www.thestar.com/business/2018/09/11/massive-movie-complex-planned-for-markham.html

https://www.thestar.com/business/2018/09/26/cbs-plans-production-hub-in-canada-to-satisfy-demands-of-peak-tv.html

The scale of this expansion, if justified, and it seems to be with Toronto turning away productions for lack of space will grow our industry by leaps and bounds.
 

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Netflix announcement today as well as I believe a few others since this thread was created.
 

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Wonder how the city's FX industry is doing as well- it must be doing pretty decently with the amount of filming in the city.


The Portlands masterplan creates a studio district in Toronto, with a considerable amount of land left aside for studios and production services- there's sort of an increasing concentration of the filming industry within this area, as well as a dispersion into the suburbs as well.

https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-107836.pdf (pg 96)

Will be very interesting seeing how the area will grow (and how fast it might) once the flood mitigation and infrastructure is in.
 

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Some interesting factoids:
Foreign location and service production increased (in BC) 31.5 per cent, to $3.04-billion, in fiscal 2017-18 from the previous year, putting the province far out in front of second-place Ontario, which saw an increase of 3.2 per cent, to $910-million.
British Columbia now accounts for 40 per cent of Canadian film and television production, followed by Ontario at 32 per cent and Quebec with 20 per cent, according to the study, entitled Profile 2018.
In B.C., the industry accounts for 71,140 direct and spin-off jobs – up about 11,000 jobs from the previous year – compared with 51,580 in Ontario and 44,910 in Quebec, according to the study
Forty-five per cent of Canadian TV production is done in Ontario and 28 per cent in Quebec, while only 16 per cent is done in B.C. The province ranks third, at 4 per cent, in Canadian theatrical feature-film production. Ontario is first, at 48 per cent, and Quebec is second, at 45 per cent.
 

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A lot of potential to boost the foreign production component ( versus domestic) in Toronto with all the new developments in the pipeline; however, if you are measuring against overall economic activity auto assembly alone ( not including parts or support industries) is about a 21 billion dollar industry in Ontario to provide reference. Meaning one car plant is bigger than the entire film and Televison industry in BC or Ontario.

Also if you look at the economic output to jobs ratio from that article you only get about $42,000 per worker based on those numbers. That would suggest that film and television is a pretty low productivity service industry.
 
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