New Film and TV Studio Facility Planned For Northern Ontario

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Sault Ste. Marie elected officials should take note that tv and film production in Northern Ontario is big business.  Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) is thrilled to introduce Freshwater Production Studios (FPS), a purpose-built film and television studio to be constructed in Greater Sudbury, Ontario.CION, on behalf of FPS, is seeking a party to partner with FPS to establish the studio. Interested proponents can visit freshwaterproductionstudios.com for more information.

Request for Expressions of Interest (RFI) submissions are due Thursday, May 6, 2021.“Since 2013, there have been upwards of 110 film and television projects shot with a total production spend of over $300 million in Greater Sudbury. A purpose-built film studio is the next logical step in advancing the growth of the production industry in Northern Ontario,” said Tammy Frick, Associate Executive Director of CION.In Phase 1 of the project, the 116,000 sq. ft. facility will feature three clear span sound stages (20,000 sq. ft., 20,000 sq. ft. and 18,000 sq. ft. with 35’ ceilings). There will be 23,000 sq. ft. of production and sound stage offices in addition to wardrobe, mill, paint, and other ancillary spaces. FPS will be a purpose-built film and television production studio located in Greater Sudbury, Ontario.

In Ontario, and around the world, there is an unprecedented demand for digital content that is fueling demand for studio space. The studio will attract larger scale productions to Northern Ontario that have previously relied on studio space predominantly available in large cities like Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. In Ontario, studios have been operating at full capacity since 2016 and hundreds of millions of production dollars have been turned away due to a lack of available studio infrastructure. FPS will immediately alleviate unmet demand for studio space that currently exists in Ontario and around the world.

FreshwaterProductionStudios.com“The growth of production volumes and demand for studio space across Ontario continues to be strong,” said Justin Cutler, Ontario Film Commissioner at Ontario Creates. “This timely development will help attract additional production to Ontario and will drive high value job creation and economic impact in Sudbury and throughout Northern Ontario.

Since 2012, Northern Ontario’s film and television production industry has experienced significant expansion. Between 2012 and 2016 the industry generated over $194 million in GDP and 3,011 full time equivalent jobs for the municipalities of Greater Sudbury and North Bay. Individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds have been drawn to the industry’s employment opportunities and competitive salaries.

FPS will attract studio-housed productions that will shoot year-round, providing fulltime employment for the existing workforce and newcomers alike. Local film industry businesses will not only maintain existing production activity but will benefit from new opportunities as demand rises. Film and television production also creates spin-off jobs. Restaurants will be busier, car and truck rentals will increase and hotel rooms will be filled. Post-production services, equipment rentals and catering companies will establish and grow operations to support the expanding industry. Furthermore, the studio will be a training venue where apprentices will quickly become sought-after crew members.Northern Ontario is one of the fastest-growing film production jurisdictions in North America, as producers have taken advantage of the region’s unique backdrops, filmfriendly communities, experienced crew, and generous financial incentives. Acclaimed productions including Hulu/Crave TV comedy Letterkenny, Netflix’s Bad Bloodand the upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City have all been shot in Northern Ontario.

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