CBS Reveals CBS Stages Canada Production Facilities in Toronto
CBS is going to have a base of production in Canada - for good.
According to a piece from The Hollywood Reporter, CBS yesterday revealed Canada’s first Hollywood studio-branded production facility, CBS Stages Canada. Located in Toronto, the facility is home to six soundstages and over 260,000 square feet of space, with production offices and support facilities as well. David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, told The Hollywood Reporter he expects they will spend around $200 million dollars annually at the facility, and support around 300 jobs.
The new facilities fit nicely with other key strategic initiatives for the soon-to-be merged ViacomCBS, namely: “create a leading producer and licensor of premium content to third-party platforms globally.”
Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, explained, “So we’re going to have continued aspirations to produce more and more. Whether that includes additional studios, it's premature to say."
One new facility at a time, I suppose. As for the Toronto location, Stapf emphasized that the new facility cements their place in the community, and gives their productions a new “home” outside of Hollywood. “That’s what we really wanted,” he said. “Branding it ‘CBS’ was important in telling the community we’re here, and we’re here for good. And we are your partners and good partners.”
Correction: This article originally stated that Star Trek: Discovery, Charmed and Nancy Drew would be filming at the new CBS Stages Canada. This was incorrect. Star Trek: Discovery is filmed at Pinewood Studios and Charmed and Nancy Drew film in Vancouver.
This article was written for the podcast Daily Star Trek News.
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