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Film, television and digital production in Toronto hits record-breaking $2 billion in 2016

From a media release:

Domestic and foreign film, television, digital and commercials production investments in Toronto had a third record-setting year in 2016 and achieved the $2.01-billion level for the first time.

Some of the major highlights for 2016:
• Domestic and international screen-based productions exceeded the $1-billion mark for the sixth consecutive year, with a 33-per-cent increase over the $1.55 billion reported in 2015.
• Foreign major production investment in film and television grew to $794 million, a 49-per-cent increase from 2015. Since 2014, foreign production investment has increased by 129 per cent.
• Investment in animation and visual effects grew to $403 million, a 179-per-cent increase from the $144.5 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 363 per cent from $87.1 million.
• Television series, foreign and domestic, remains the dominant investment type in Toronto with an increase to $908 million in 2016.
• Investment in commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $380 million, a 10-per-cent increase from the $345 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 95 per cent from $195 million. (Note that this type of investment is measured by Toronto but not by other levels of government.)
• The number of location filming shoot days has seen three record breaking years, with an increase to 7,280 shoot days in 2016.

The above numbers also help to show a larger Toronto industry success story. Combining the $2 billion in investment noted above with figures from broadcasters and the interactive digital media cluster results in a total investment figure of $3.26 billion for all of Toronto’s film, television and digital media production in 2016. That figure represents a 16 per cent increase from 2015.

The detailed report can be found here.

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Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Sue Baldaro

From You’ve Been Hooked:

Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Sue Baldaro
“The coolest thing about the current Canadian television landscape is how strong the writing, acting and filmmakers have become over the past few years. And the Canadian conspiracy continues as actors, directors and writers have been able to work here, at home, while also infiltrating productions around the globe.” Continue reading. 

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CBC brings popular British bake off format to Canada with The Great Canadian Baking Show

From a media release:

On your marks. Get set. Bake! CBC today announced that it is bringing hit format The Great British Bake Off to Canada with new 8 x one-hour series THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW. Produced by Proper Television, the Canadian version of the culinary competition will start production this month and launch on CBC in fall 2017. The original British series will also air on CBC this summer as THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW. The search for Canada’s best bakers is now underway, with further details available at www.cbc.ca/life/greatcanadianbakingshow for those interested in applying.

Based on the British format, THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW will bring together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges. In every episode, they’ll face three nail-biting rounds: the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake and the Show Stopper. Each week, the competitor who shows the most skill, creativity and finesse will be named Star Baker, while the weakest will be sent home until only three finalists are left vying for the Great Canadian Baking Show title.

THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is produced by Proper Television in association with CBC and Love Productions. The format is owned by Love Productions and distributed by Sky Vision. In addition to the original British series the format has been produced in 23 territories, including American, Australian, French and Irish versions.

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TVO’s 8 over-the-air transmitters will continue to send signals

From a media release:

TVO has announced it will continue to transmit free broadcast signals across 8 over-the-air transmitters in OttawaBellevilleThunder BayChathamCloyneKitchenerLondon, and Windsor.

Based on feedback from these communities, from loyal TVO viewers and donors, and others, the announcement confirmed TVO will continue to maintain the transmitters.  TVO had previously announced a plan to decommission the transmitters, which would have resulted in an annual savings of $1 million required by TVO to meet its current financial targets.

“We listened to the concerns of people who rely on over-the-air transmission to enjoy TVO programming and we consulted with our primary funding partner, the Government of Ontario, about the concerns we heard. That resulted in the government’s decision to flow an additional $1 million to TVO to ensure we can continue to operate the transmitters, while still meeting our commitments to strategic priorities of digital learning and high-quality current-affairs journalism,” said TVO Chief Executive Officer Lisa de Wilde.

“We heard that Ontarians value TVO’s dynamic educational programming and our government is pleased to take this step to ensure that TVO will continue to be accessible over-the-air in these communities,” said Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.

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Link: Rogers Community TV suspends some Toronto production, lays off 10

From Greg O’Brien of Cartt.ca:

Link: Rogers Community TV suspends some Toronto production, lays off 10
Rogers Media today told employees it will cease community cable TV production at its Toronto facility at 855 York Mills Road.

A total of 10 positions have been eliminated with the move and all programming produced there has been cancelled. Continue reading.

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