Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Toronto is competing with several other Torontos for coveted "offshore" film and television production -- productions which traditionally hugged Hollywood.

Pinewood Toronto Studios, the super-studio down on the lakefront, was built 15-20 years too late. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been utilizing the facility as of late, but one big-timer such as he is not enough to tent-pole the complex. Other productions rent space at PTS but as a friend of mine who is down there from time-to-time says, "it's pretty quiet".

The peak for film and television (including commercials) production, here in Toronto, was in the early to late 1990s. Don't believe it when certain official bodies or agencies use inflated dollars to try and convince you that the biz is at an all-time high.

You might think that we in Toronto have it bad; part of the same equation...

California to triple film tax credits

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