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May 10, 2019
Los Angeles business mission highlights Toronto's unified studios and production talent
Today, Mayor John Tory wrapped up a successful two-day business mission to Los Angeles, where he met with entertainment and technology companies to expand Toronto’s film, TV and digital economy.

Mayor Tory, along with Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic and Community Development Committee, and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth), were accompanied by 30 companies on the mission. The group met with established film and television studios operating in Toronto, as well as production companies looking to expand their operations.

Toronto has one of the largest screen-based industries in North America, employing more than 30,000 people. In 2018, Toronto's screen production industry achieved its second highest level of investment ever at $1.96 billion. The mission reinforced that Toronto's studio space capacity will increase over the next two years, while the industry workforce continues to develop and expand to meet the high demand amongst production entities.

The Los Angeles business mission is a collaborative public and private sector initiative supported by Toronto’s community of screen-based service providers (film, television, commercials and animation).

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"This mission helped us show the industry in Los Angeles that the Toronto industry is united and committed to working together to grow this sector. I am committed to attracting new productions to our city and creating more jobs."
– Mayor John Tory

"Our business missions to Los Angeles keep our city top of mind in a hyper competitive film and television industry that places optimum value on a financially stable and creative production environment."
– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Councillor Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic and Community Development Committee

"Through joint initiatives such as the mission, expanding studio capacity, and the xoTO Neighbourhood Givebacks program, the City continues to be an essential partner in the success of this important industry."
– Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth)

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