CALGARY, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Southern Alberta will soon have a new film
studio and its first permanent sound stage. The studio will be
developed by Calgary Economic Development.
"We're delivering on our promise to see a film studio built for southern
Alberta here in Calgary. Our competition process ensured the public,
private and industry support needed for a new studio was at the table.
We're confident in the new business model developed by Calgary Economic
Development and believe it has what it needs to be successful in
attracting and retaining film productions. This move forward is good
for the industry and good for Alberta - Alberta's film, television and
digital media industry was responsible for over $400 million in
economic activity over the last five years."
Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture
Calgary Economic Development (CED) was selected through an open
competition process to receive $5 million in one-time funding from the
Government of Alberta towards the development of a film studio for the
Calgary region. Its proposal demonstrated strong community engagement
and support from the private and nonprofit sectors, post-secondary
institutions and Alberta's screen-based production industry.
"We're pleased to have been selected as the proponent for the Calgary
Film Studio. By working with industry and post-secondary partners to
develop purpose-built facilities, we envision the studio will allow the
Creative Industries sector to realize significant growth potential,
increase the retention of local talent and support the diversification
of our economy."
Bruce Graham, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development
Confirmation of the location for the studio will be forthcoming.
The projected opening date is scheduled for summer 2015.
The total projected cost is approximately $22.8 million.
CED will be partnering with the ComWeb Group/William F. White
International, and working with Lawson Projects and Pacifica Ventures
in the development of the studio.
The studio will feature two purpose-built sound stages (20,000 sq ft and
30,000 sq ft) with the ability to subdivide the larger studio.
The studio will also include 18,000 sq ft of warehouse space with an
additional 10,000 - 15,000 sq ft) for workshop / production, props,
sets, wardrobes, etc.
The new studio will be governed by a board of directors. William F.
White International will be the anchor tenant and act as the sound
Every dollar government invests through the Alberta Media Fund in the
film, television and digital media industry results in six dollars of
economic activity in the province.
Calgary and Southern Alberta account for 80 per cent of all production
dollars spent in the province.
Studio space is critical in ensuring the continued success, viability
and business attraction of Alberta's screen-based production sector.
Southern Alberta currently does not have a purpose-built studio,
resulting in an ongoing lack of capacity that limits opportunity for
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within
our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure
we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them.
We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
Alberta Media Fund
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SOURCE: Alberta Culture - Communications Branch
For further information:
Minister of Culture
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Calgary Economic Development