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Pinewood Toronto to double film studio size

Star Trek DiscoveryPinewood Toronto Studios in Ontario, Canada, is to double in size with the opening of an additional production resource in May.

The new facility will span nearly 30,000 sq ft and will include a sound stage of around 11,000 sq ft, along with office space and a workshop area.

Pinewood Toronto Studios has hosted high-profile US movies including It, Suicide Squad and Crimson Peak. Drama series Star Trek Discovery (pictured) also used the facility, building immense sets across five stages for its first season shoot.

“We hear it everywhere we go – foreign and domestic producers want to film in Toronto,” said Blake Steels, president of Pinewood Toronto Studios. “We have the world-class talent, the innovation, the political will and tax credits to attract investment.

“The City of Toronto's 2017 Strategic Action Plan for Film, Television and Digital Media Industry noted that Toronto's studios are operating at capacity and expanded production space is essential to the continued growth of the screen industry.

“This development will increase production space and continue to support high-paying skilled jobs in the city of Toronto. The expansion will go a long way in meeting the needs of our clients and allow us to host major film productions and TV series concurrently on the lot, something that has been challenging in the past.”

Ontario’s studio facilities and filming incentive support have helped turn Toronto into one of North America’s top production hubs. The city also offers Cinespace Film Studios, which is home to acclaimed US-set drama The Handmaid’s Tale, and is also set to expand.  

International film and TV production in Toronto surged nearly 50% in 2016, according to government figures released earlier this year.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Ontario.

Main page image: Alexander Martin. Article image: CBS