A huge deal for Toronto’s film industry was just announced! Amazon MGM Studios just signed a multi-year commitment for the exclusive use of new production facilities at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The new studio space was officially opened on January 17th, and the deal includes exclusive use of five new state-of-the-art sound stages, accompanying workshops and office accommodation, totalling approximately 160,000 square feet.
The long-term commitment to studio space in Toronto aligns with Amazon MGM Studios’ current strategy of expanding its production footprint in Canada, according to Amazon Canada.
Amazon MGM Studios is behind the production of more than 40 series and films shot in Canada, including The Boys, Gen V, Reacher, and The Handmaid’s Tale in Ontario. Other productions include Fargo and Billy The Kid in Alberta; The Man in the High Castle and Upload in British Columbia; Tales from the Loop in Manitoba; as well as parts of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Voyeurs in Quebec.
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“Pinewood Group is an industry-leader and with the Toronto region’s best-in-class crews, this agreement offers us immense opportunity for the continued expansion of film and series projects in Toronto, Ontario, and Canada,” said Dan Scharf, Vice President of Global Business Operations, Amazon MGM Studios. “We are thrilled our productions will continue to have a home in Toronto for many years to come.”
Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said that “good things are filmed in Ontario.”
“This multi-year commitment by Amazon is a reflection of the work our government has done to build a thriving film and television sector in our province and means that more Ontario-made productions will be seen by audiences around the world,” he added.
Premier Doug Ford was at the opening of the studio on Wednesday.
He said that Amazon MGM’s commitment is a vote of confidence in our province and our workers.
“This investment is going to provide a big boost to our cultural sectors and help to ensure Ontario remains one of the world’s leading jurisdictions for film and television production for years to come,” he said.
According to the City of Toronto, our city is “one of the top five screen-based industries in North America with a full scope of industry connections, services, suppliers, talent, crew, facilities and locations delivering everything required for success in pre-production through post production.”
The production industry set a record with more than $2.5 billion in direct spending in 2021.