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February 11, 2003
Toronto's film and television production industry thrives in 2002
  
Toronto's film and television production industry directly contributed $1.16
billion to Toronto's economy in 2002.

"No-o-body is better than Toronto for film and television," said Mayor Mel
Lastman. "Production crews the world over are coming to Toronto to shoot - and
let me tell you: our city looks great on the silver screen."

Major projects such as feature films, television series and specials accounted
for $886 million in production spending. Many current world-wide blockbusters
were shot in Toronto last year, including "Chicago", "The Recruit", and the
recently released, "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days".

TV series include "Eleventh Hour", "Queer As Folk", "Nero Wolfe" and "Mutant
X". Made for TV movies include "Newsroom: The Movie", "Mary Higgins Clark
Mysteries" and "Good Fences".

As well, 134 music videos were shot in Toronto by such well known Canadian
musicians as, Shawn Desman, Snow, Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip and Remy
Shand, spending a total of $7.1 million.

Television commercial productions shot 1,665 days on location and contributed
$166.5 million to the economy. An additional $41.6 million in commercial
production was spent in studio, and the animation sector spent $50.9 million.

Post-production companies and film studios generated additional millions of
dollars of economic activity.

"Toronto's industry can look forward to a good performance in the year to come,
thanks to the quality of Toronto's film crews, outstanding production
facilities, the variety of Toronto's locations, competitive tax policies, and
an attractive exchange rate," said Rhonda Silverstone, manager of the Film and
Television Office.

Toronto's industry received a boost when Alias/Wavefront received an Oscar for
its development of Maya Software, the professional 3D animation and effects
package developed at its King Street East head office.

The industry received yet another boost this year when it was named one of the
top 10 cities in North America for independent productions by MovieMaker
Magazine, a trade magazine for the global film and television production
industry. It stated, "The heart of Canada's film industry is still Toronto ?
with a plethora of divergent locations, great natural beauty, low cost of
living, a ton of world-class gear and facilities ? and top-flight cast and
crew."

Several filmmakers say strong support from the City is a big reason why they
come back to shoot productions in Toronto year after year.

"We've made Toronto even more attractive for domestic and foreign producers by
centralizing our film and television office, and of course, it's the continued
support of the citizens and businesses which helps make our successes
possible," said Brenda Librecz, executive director of the City's Economic
Development division.

Fact Sheet

A snapshot: film and television production in Toronto

· $1.16 billion worth of film and television productions were shot in the city
of Toronto in 2002

· Major productions: $886 million
· Commercials: $208.1 million
· Animation: $50.9 million
· Music Videos: $7.1 million.

· The industry provides 28,000 jobs in Toronto, making it one of the city's
largest employers.

· Between 18 and 40 productions are shooting in Toronto on any given day.

· Since 1992, growth of major productions in Toronto has increased by more than
10 per cent annually.

· Since 1992 the value of production spending in Toronto by United States
companies has grown annually by approximately 21 per cent.

· Since 1992 the value of production spending in Toronto by Canadian companies
has grown annually by 3 per cent.

· In 2002 the City's Film and Television Office issued 5,077 location filming
permits for 1,513 projects totaling 11,317 days of shooting.


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