Netflix to open new major production studio in Metro Vancouver

Sep 24 2020, 11:20 pm

Netflix is expanding its already-large presence in Metro Vancouver even further, as it has entered into a long-term lease to take over most of the production space of one of Canada’s largest film and television production studios, located in the region.

The agreement will provide Netflix with about 178,000 sq ft of production facilities at Canadian Motion Picture Park (CMPP) in South Burnaby, including seven sound stages of varying sizes and office and support spaces.

“With its high-quality sound stages and world-class production crews, BC is one of our favourite places to film,” said Ty Warren, vice-president of physical production for Netflix, in a statement.

“We’re grateful to the local authorities and unions that have worked so hard to help us return to production in the province, and we’re happy this new partnership with CMPP will enable us to produce even more outstanding TV series and films for our members around the world.”

One of the first projects to be filmed at CMPP will be the untitled Graham King project, starring Sandra Bullock, and Midnight Mass by Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, which has already started filming locally but will use the space as well.

Over the last few years, Netflix has produced over a dozen films and series in the region, including Altered CarbonLost in SpaceThe Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

“We are honoured to provide facilities to Netflix, one of the leading and most respected content producers in the world. Our purpose-built stages with their cutting-edge technology are a great fit for Netflix,” said Alec Fatalevich, president of CMPP.

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Aerial of Canadian Motion Picture Park in South Burnaby. (CMPP)

The studio spans 25 acres and offers over 300,000 sq. ft. of purpose-built production stages and support facilities, including 18 sound stages. It was the production hub for films such as GodzillaMission Impossible: Ghost ProtocolTron: Legacy, Twilight, and most recently Skyscraper.

The relatively low COVID-19 infection numbers in BC, compared to the United States, has prompted more American film and television productions to relocate north.

The local film and television production industry was able to restart much of its business in June under new strict health safety measures.

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