Netflix has confirmed it is opening a new production hub in Toronto.
According to Netflix, it is choosing two studio spaces in the city to expand its Canadian efforts.
One at Cinespace Studios, where Netflix will lease four sound stages, along with office space and support space, totalling approximately 164,000 square feet.
And at Pinewood Toronto Studios, where Netflix will also lease four sound stages and adjacent office space comprising a total footprint of approximately 84,580 square feet.
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“In total, both sites will support upcoming Netflix series and films, including the horror anthology series Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight, the film Let It Snow and others, which will provide production jobs for up to 1,850 Canadians per year,” reads a release by the company. “The new spaces add to Netflix’s existing physical production footprint in Canada, which already includes a lease of British Columbia’s Martini Film Studios, as well as production sites Netflix sets up across Canada on a production-by-production basis.”
Great news! Netflix creates production hub in Toronto, leasing studio space at Cinespace and Pinewood Toronto studios, extending Canadian efforts https://t.co/hyHyjtaIoe
— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 19, 2019
“I’ve been excited from day one about the interest Netflix has shown in establishing a much bigger presence in Toronto,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Great crews, great studio space, great customer service and great companies like Netflix make Toronto the best place in North America to make television shows and movies.”
Netflix’s new production hub in Toronto will take advantage of the area’s globally-renowned and award-winning film production infrastructure, which includes deep pools of creative talent, technicians, suppliers and filming locations, according to Cinespace Film Studios.
Cinespace also said that “Toronto’s overall film and television production volumes have reached $2 billion in recent years and have resulted in tens of thousands of jobs both directly and indirectly.”
“With this commitment to Cinespace and Pinewood Toronto, we are proud to continue our investment in Canada and Canadian films and series,” said Ty Warren, Vice President, Physical Production for Netflix. “These new leases will enable us to expand our presence in Canada and provide a wealth of production jobs for skilled Canadian workers.”
Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 139 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages.