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McGuinty Government Supporting 200 Production Jobs

A new television series will be filmed in Northern Ontario.

The production is helping to build the North's growing television and film production industry and will create approximately 200 jobs during filming.

Ontario is supporting the project by investing in the 13-week dramatic series to be aired on TVO. Hard Rock Medical will follow a fictitious group of medical school characters as they train in Northern Ontario communities. Production will begin in early 2012 for broadcast in 2013.

Investing in Northern Ontario's television and film industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create good jobs for families in the face of global economic uncertainty.

Quick Facts

  • Hard Rock Medical is loosely inspired by the internationally renowned Northern Ontario School of Medicine, whose identified staff will act as consultants for the production.
  • A key component of the series will be Northern Ontario First Nations' culture in story content and through a training partnership being developed with the Weengushk Film Institute on Manitoulin Island.
  • One of the Canadian production partners of Hard Rock Medical is Sudbury-based Carte Blanche Films Inc., producers of the television series Météo+ and a series now in production, Les Bleus de Ramville, both filmed in Sudbury with support from the NOHFC.

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“I'm delighted that our government, through its support of projects like Hard Rock Medical, is increasing film and television industry jobs and investment in Northern Ontario.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

“What's so exciting about Hard Rock Medical is its potential to open a window onto the people, places and culture of Ontario's north. We really appreciate the investment the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is making to bring the project to life.”

Lisa de Wilde

Chief Executive Officer, TVO

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