Ontario Helping Create Jobs and Growth in Northern Television Industry
Province Supporting NBCUniversal Production to Boost Local Economy
Ontario is helping strengthen and diversify the economy and create good jobs for people in the North by supporting the rapidly-growing television production sector.
Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, made the announcement today at Northern Ontario Film Studios in Sudbury. The studio contributed to the production of the new NBCUniversal series Eyewitness, filmed in and around Parry Sound, which has created approximately 75 crew member jobs and 640 roles as extras for local residents.
Ontario's investment in the production has also helped bring over $15 million in revenue to the local economy through regionally-sourced goods and services such as accommodation, security, transportation, catering and equipment rentals.
Support for the television industry in the North is an important part of the government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf]. The plan is helping to create a globally competitive northern economy, support communities, renew and expand modern infrastructure, and support a healthy environment.
Investing in the North's television production sector is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario has invested more than $2.9 million through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), to support the production of 10 episodes of the first season of Universal Cable Productions’ Eyewitness television drama series. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
- Eyewitness, based upon the critically-acclaimed Norwegian series Øyevitne, explores a crime from the point of view of the eyewitness. The series will premiere on USA Network on October 16, 2016.
- Since 2013, the NOHFC has supported the growth of film and television production in Northern Ontario by providing more than $50 million to 91 projects. This has leveraged more than $238 million in direct economic activity. In the Sudbury area alone, since 2013, the NOHFC has invested $24 million in 44 film and television projects.
- Ontario's film and television industry celebrated its best year ever in 2015, contributing $1.5 billion to the province's economy.
- Ontario is the number one film and television production centre in Canada and the third largest by volume in North America, behind California and New York.
- Ontario has invested more than $423 million through the NOHFC toward 2,737 projects, leveraging more than $1.3 billion in direct economic activity since 2013. Through these investments, more than 9,800 jobs have been created and retained.
“By investing in television series productions like Eyewitness, Ontario is diversifying the Northern economy and providing opportunities for regional communities and businesses. These investments demonstrate Ontario’s continued commitment to emerging economic sectors in the North such as television production.”
“We have a thriving film and television industry in Northern Ontario. The door is wide open for producers to set up shop in communities right across the North. Our government will continue to support quality productions, leading to good paying jobs and a big boost for the region’s economy.”
“The woodland setting of Parry Sound established the ideal backdrop for Eyewitness, reinforcing the mysterious thriller elements surrounding the show. Working with the Northern Ontario Film Studios was a seamless experience as they facilitated the process of setting up production in different parts of town making it possible for us to capture the best footage for the series.”