Netflix creating 'production hub' in Toronto

Netflix has announced plans to create a ‘production hub’ in Toronto by leasing sound stages from existing studios.

Netflix has announced plans to create a ‘production hub’ in Toronto by leasing sound stages from existing studios.

The streaming giant will use four stages at Cinespace Film Studios, which operates across four different sites in the city, and also four of the 11 stages available at Pinewood Toronto Studios.

Netflix creating 'production hub' in Toronto
Toronto

Netflix will be leasing stage space, offices and support facilities spanning nearly 250,000 sq ft.

The move sees Netflix expanding its physical footprint in Canada from British Columbia where the company already leases stages at Martini Film Studios in Langley, south-east of Vancouver.

“With this commitment to Cinespace and Pinewood Toronto, we are proud to continue our investment in Canada and Canadian films and series,” said Ty Warren, vice president of physical production for Netflix, in a statement.

“These new leases will enable us to expand our presence in Canada and provide a wealth of production jobs for skilled Canadian workers.”

Back in 2017, Netflix pledged to invest $500m in Canadian content creation over the course of five years. The firm says it is now on track to surpass that figure.

Vancouver and Toronto are both North American production hubs and Netflix already produces a lot of content in each city, but the new leases at Cinespace and Pinewood will help to firm the company’s commitment to Ontario.

Recent Netflix films shot in Toronto have included upcoming horror In the Tall Grass, an adaptation of a novella by horror writer Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

Netflix recently wrapped a second series of Lost In Space in Vancouver and a new season of dystopian sci-fi drama Altered Carbon is scheduled to wrap in June.

Both Vancouver and Toronto face pressure to offer more studio infrastructure. Cinespace and Pinewood have expansion plans in place, but Netflix has been among the myriad companies making frequent use of adapted warehouses for short-term shoots.

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

Images: FreeImages.com/Steven Kovar/Scott Wilkinson

Netflix creating 'production hub' in Toronto
Toronto

Netflix has announced plans to create a ‘production hub’ in Toronto by leasing sound stages from existing studios.

The streaming giant will use four stages at Cinespace Film Studios, which operates across four different sites in the city, and also four of the 11 stages available at Pinewood Toronto Studios.

Netflix will be leasing stage space, offices and support facilities spanning nearly 250,000 sq ft.

The move sees Netflix expanding its physical footprint in Canada from British Columbia where the company already leases stages at Martini Film Studios in Langley, south-east of Vancouver.

“With this commitment to Cinespace and Pinewood Toronto, we are proud to continue our investment in Canada and Canadian films and series,” said Ty Warren, vice president of physical production for Netflix, in a statement.

“These new leases will enable us to expand our presence in Canada and provide a wealth of production jobs for skilled Canadian workers.”

Back in 2017, Netflix pledged to invest $500m in Canadian content creation over the course of five years. The firm says it is now on track to surpass that figure.

Vancouver and Toronto are both North American production hubs and Netflix already produces a lot of content in each city, but the new leases at Cinespace and Pinewood will help to firm the company’s commitment to Ontario.

Recent Netflix films shot in Toronto have included upcoming horror In the Tall Grass, an adaptation of a novella by horror writer Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

Netflix recently wrapped a second series of Lost In Space in Vancouver and a new season of dystopian sci-fi drama Altered Carbon is scheduled to wrap in June.

Both Vancouver and Toronto face pressure to offer more studio infrastructure. Cinespace and Pinewood have expansion plans in place, but Netflix has been among the myriad companies making frequent use of adapted warehouses for short-term shoots.

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

Images: FreeImages.com/Steven Kovar/Scott Wilkinson

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