City Hall's Hot Topic Today: Toronto Film Industry's Successes & Diversification Plans

City Hall's Hot Topic Today: Toronto Film Industry's Successes & Diversification Plans

In regards to film, television, commercial and music video production in Toronto, did you know that:

  • Production companies spent a grand total of $903.35 million filming on-location in Toronto in 2010
  • This is a 2.9% increase in total production spending over the $877 million reported in 2009
  • Major productions include domestic and foreign feature films, movies made-for-television, mini-series, TV specials and TV series
  • The change in 2010, a growth of 57%, illustrates a significant reversal in the average decline in U.S. foreign production spending experienced during the past five years; it is however, particularly buoyed by U.S. network productions and co-venture productions
  • for 2010 there was a very slight increase in filming permits after a slow decline in permits issued over the previous six years
  • Location filming projects have been relatively constant for the past 5 years with a very slight decrease in 2010
  • Location filming shoot days have been relatively constant for the past 3 years
    • A shooting day is one day of production from start to wrap for one production company
    • The number of shoot days shown represent only the days spent on location as permitted by the Toronto Film & Television Office and do not include studio days of work

This morning, 9:30 a.m at Toronto City Hall, film industry leaders will speak to the Economic Development Committee about the Toronto film industry’s successes and its plans for diversification.

Presentations will include:

  • “Today and Tomorrow for Toronto’s Film Industry” by Sarah Ker-Hornell, Executive Director, FilmOntario
  • “Big Studio – Big Budgets: Bringing a New Type of Business to Toronto” via teleconference by Paul Bronfman, Chairman and CEO of the Comweb Group and Chair of the Pinewood Toronto Studios

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All permits to film at or on City of Toronto parks, property and streets are issued by the Toronto Film and Television Office.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

November 14, 2011

Economic Development Committee to spotlight Toronto film industry

Film industry leaders will speak to the Economic Development Committee tomorrow about the Toronto film industry’s successes and its plans for diversification.

In 2011, Toronto hosted the two largest feature films in its history. The city has also experienced promising growth in the digital film, animation and special effects sectors.

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Presentations will include:

  • “Visual/Special Effects and Animation: A Bright Future for Toronto” by Wesley Lui, President, Computer Animation Studios of Ontario
  • “Today and Tomorrow for Toronto’s Film Industry” by Sarah Ker-Hornell, Executive Director, FilmOntario
  • “Preparing Talent – Building Companies” by Luigi Ferrara, Director of the Centre for Arts and Design, George Brown College
  • “Big Studio – Big Budgets: Bringing a New Type of Business to Toronto” via teleconference by Paul Bronfman, Chairman and CEO of the Comweb Group and Chair of the Pinewood Toronto Studios

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