Ontario to build North America’s biggest film stage

Authorities in Ontario, Canada, have revealed plans for new film studio that will reportedly offer the largest sound stage in North America.

Authorities in Ontario, Canada, have revealed plans to build a new film studio that will reportedly offer the largest sound stage in North America.

Announced at the Toronto International Film Festival, the new 400,000-sq-ft studio will cost $100m to develop in the city of Markham near Toronto and will include a 70,000-sq-ft sound stage.

Ontario to build North America’s biggest film stage
Toronto

The facility is scheduled to open in late 2020.

“This development will increase production space for local and international films that will attract Hollywood North [the colloquial name given to Canada's production industry], China and Bollywood, while continuing to support high-paying skilled jobs in the city of Markham and strengthen Ontario’s competitive position as a leading global market for film,” said Frank Sicoli, co-founder of First Studio City, in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

Toronto is one of the top production hubs in Canada, and indeed North America, meaning there is a high demand for studio space.

Pinewood Toronto Studios is one of the city’s major film facilities and at the end of last year announced plans for a new sound stage, offices and workshops. The studios already offer a 49,500-sq-ft ‘mega stage’ that is the largest purpose-built stage in Canada and is currently home to the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery.

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

Image: FreeImages.com/Steven Kovar/Scott Wilkinson

Ontario to build North America’s biggest film stage
Toronto

Authorities in Ontario, Canada, have revealed plans to build a new film studio that will reportedly offer the largest sound stage in North America.

Announced at the Toronto International Film Festival, the new 400,000-sq-ft studio will cost $100m to develop in the city of Markham near Toronto and will include a 70,000-sq-ft sound stage.

The facility is scheduled to open in late 2020.

“This development will increase production space for local and international films that will attract Hollywood North [the colloquial name given to Canada's production industry], China and Bollywood, while continuing to support high-paying skilled jobs in the city of Markham and strengthen Ontario’s competitive position as a leading global market for film,” said Frank Sicoli, co-founder of First Studio City, in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

Toronto is one of the top production hubs in Canada, and indeed North America, meaning there is a high demand for studio space.

Pinewood Toronto Studios is one of the city’s major film facilities and at the end of last year announced plans for a new sound stage, offices and workshops. The studios already offer a 49,500-sq-ft ‘mega stage’ that is the largest purpose-built stage in Canada and is currently home to the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery.

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

Image: FreeImages.com/Steven Kovar/Scott Wilkinson

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