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February 5, 2002
Another banner year for Toronto's film and television production industry
Toronto's film and television production industry injected $1.233 billion into
Toronto's economy last year.

Major projects such as feature films, mini-series, series and specials
accounted for the lion's share of production spending $928 million. Commercial
production activity contributed an additional $200 million, and animation and
post-production special effects spending reached $100 million.

"Toronto continues to be the number one choice for film and television
production in Canada," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "We want the world's film and
television industry to beat a path to Toronto's door and the City's Film and
Television Office is working hard to help them do just that."

Spending in 2001 in Toronto declined slightly from the preceding year, when the
industry spent a record $1.3 billion. The decline was caused in part by the
threat of a strike in the U.S. film and television industry.

"We expect growth in Toronto's industry to resume thanks to the quality of
Toronto's film crews, world-class production facilities, the variety of
Toronto's locations, competitive tax policies and an attractive exchange rate,"
said Rhonda Silverstone, manager of the City's Film and Television Office.

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

"Last year we made Toronto even more attractive for domestic and foreign film
makers by centralizing our film and television office, with harmonized bylaws
and standardized policies and procedures," said Brenda Librecz, managing
director of the City's Economic Development Division.

Visit the Toronto Film and Television Office Web site at

Media Contact
Rhonda Silverstone
Film and Television Office



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