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Skydance Media to retrofit Vancouver film studio

Vancouver skylineSkydance Media, responsible for films including the Mission: Impossible franchise and the rebooted Star Trek movies, will retrofit a new film studio in Surrey, a city municipality of Vancouver in British Columbia.

A former printing press will be converted into a film studio with five stages. The facility already has a long-term production deal in place with Netflix and is scheduled to host the online platform’s new drama Altered Carbon from the autumn.

Studio space is at a premium in Vancouver and in surrounding city municipalities like Surrey. Vancouver offers several world-class facilities like North Shore Studios and Vancouver Film Studios, but they are currently not enough on their own to satisfy demand.

Converting existing warehouses or other industrial buildings into studios is already a common practice in Vancouver – and indeed in production hubs around the world – but the process can be a challenge. Retrofitting measures can include soundproofing and ensuring structure are fitted for the right kind of power supply.   

Movie and TV production in Vancouver rose by 40% throughout 2015, driven in part by an increase in filming for online platforms like Netflix and Amazon, all of which is driven by British Columbia’s generous tax credits. 

More than 300 TV episodes were shot in Vancouver in 2015, while feature production was led by the superhero comedy Deadpool, which spent CA$40m in the city.

For more on filming in British Columbia see our production guide.