“These new stages represent yet another milestone in Toronto’s thriving billion-dollar film and television industry,” said Paul Bronfman, chairman Pinewood Toronto Studios. “Pinewood is proud to be leading the way, supporting high quality jobs and stimulating economic activity in the province.”
The expansion project is part of ongoing efforts to establish a cultural hub for film, television and digital media in Toronto’s Port Lands. Pinewood Toronto Studios has developed a Film Studio District Evolution Plan – a blueprint for how the approximately 30 acres of land within the Film Studio District will act as a catalyst for investment and transform the area.
“The new studios are a critical step in the development of the Film Studio District and will serve as a creative anchor to an emerging mixed-use waterfront neighborhood,” said Alfredo Romano, director, Pinewood Toronto Studios. “This plan will revitalize some of Toronto’s most desirable lands and allow people to live, work and thrive in the same community.”
The three new sound stages are 10,800 square feet each, and an additional 100,000 square feet of new office space is expected to be complete in 2015. In total, Pinewood Toronto Studios will feature almost 400,000 square feet of modern, purpose-built production facilities for film and television production.
“These new sound stages will allow Pinewood to continue to do what we do best: attract domestic and international production to Toronto,” said Blake Steels, president of Pinewood Toronto Studios. “We are thrilled to be able to meet demand from the industry for even more world-class facilities for smaller features, television series and live television programming.”
Pinewood Toronto Studios is located just outside the downtown core in the Port Lands, an area along Toronto’s eastern waterfront that will soon experience major investment and revitalization. The studios will anchor an emerging waterfront neighbourhood, the Film Studio District.
The studio has housed the largest feature film shoots in Toronto’s history including Robocop, Pacific Rim and Total Recall. Other recent productions at the facility include feature films Mama, Kick Ass 2, Carrie, Queen of the Night, and the new comedy TV series Spun Out.
In 2013, Ontario’s film and television industry contributed $1.28 billion to the provincial economy and production activity accounted for almost 30,000 full-time, direct and spin-off jobs.