Mayor Tory in LA to meet with Netflix, Disney, HBO and Amazon Studios

Apr 19 2018, 1:26 pm

Mayor John Tory is in Los Angeles today to meet with a number of studios and streaming services to help strengthen relationships in the film and television industry.

Mayor Tory will be joining a delegation of 23 Toronto companies and organizations to pitch industry leaders in streaming, television and film on the benefits of bringing productions to Toronto.

During his visit, the Mayor and the delegation will be meeting with a number of prominent studios including Warner, HBO, NBC Universal, Disney, and Fox.

Tory will also be meeting with streaming services and original content producers such as Amazon Studios and Netflix.

This visit comes just after it was announced that film and television production in Toronto had another billion-dollar year.

In 2017,  the city hit its second highest level ever at $1.8 billion, marking the third consecutive year that domestic and foreign film, television, digital, and commercial production investments in Toronto contributed more than $1.5 billion to the city’s economy.

Last year was an outstanding time for Toronto-based productions. The film The Shape of Water, which was shot in Toronto, cleaned house this year during award season, receiving the most nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in the film THE SHAPE OF WATER. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another Toronto-based production, which was prominently acknowledged at the Primetime Emmy’s.

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Toronto’s screen-based industry was also involved in the film productions of Molly’s GameDownsizing, and The Breadwinner, which also received international award nominations and acclaim.

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Film and television production in Toronto shows no sign of slowing down in 2018 either, as the eighth season of Suits, Umbrella Academy, and It: Chapter 2 will shoot across the city in the coming months.

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