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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.


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. 


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.


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.


CTV Greenlights New Detective Series for 2017/18 Slate

From a media release:

– New 10 episode one-hour drama produced by renowned Canadian producer Ilana Frank’s ICF Films (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE) with Entertainment One (eOne) in association with CTV –
– The series is currently in pre-production with casting underway, set to begin production in Spring 2017 –

CTV announced today that it has greenlit a new 10 episode, one hour detective series for the networks 2017/18 programming slate. The currently untitled ensemble drama series is from Ilana Frank, the producer behind hit CTV series SAVING HOPE. Casting for the series is currently underway with production set to begin this spring.

The new drama centres on two female detectives. Together they work to solve the challenging cases of the major crimes unit while navigating the realities of their very real and relatable personal lives.

The series was developed by Ley Lukins who serves as Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer with Adam Pettle. Other writers include Sandra Chwialkowski, Adriana Maggs, Naledi Jackson, Sarah Goodman, and Hayden Simpson. Executive Producers are ICF’s Ilana Frank (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), John Morayniss, and Linda Pope, with co-executive producers Jocelyn Hamilton and Sonia Hosko.

The series is produced by ICF Films with eOne in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.