TORONTO, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - In a same-week celebration of cross-border camaraderie, Cinespace Film Studios will make their Chicago and Toronto studio facilities available to host both Canada Day festivities for the Canadian Consulate in Chicago on July 1st, and Independence Day festivities for the US Consulate in Toronto on July 3rd.
Cinespace, currently in its 25th year of business, is North America's largest owner and operator of film and television production space, having expanded into Chicago in 2010 and doubling their property holdings to over 2 million square feet on over 100 acres. Cinespace Toronto was approached last November by staff of the US Consulate in Toronto, seeking an interesting location for their Independence Day event. NBC Universal, which produces the SyFy original series "Warehouse 13" at Cinespace, later cleared use of their sets for the special day.
"The Cinespace studio facility we have chosen is a singularly unique venue, and thanks to NBC Universal's kind accommodation of our request, we will mark Independence Day inside a similarly distinctive and wonderfully imaginative television series setting", remarked the Consul General of the United States in Toronto, Jim Dickmeyer. "It is a most fitting backdrop given the strong cultural and economic ties between our two countries, especially those in the film and television industry, and we are looking forward to a memorable and enjoyable day at Cinespace where we will celebrate the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America."
Soonafter, in early 2013, Cinespace Founder Nick Mirkopoulos approached the Canadian Consulate in Chicago, and offered up a similar venue inside the City Hall set of "Boss", the Starz television series starring Kelsey Grammer that shot in Chicago for two seasons. The show's fictional Chicago City Hall set was acquired from Lionsgate Television after the series ended and was maintained by Cinespace Chicago. "Both the United States and Canada have played roles in our success as a company", stated Mirkopoulos, "and I can think of no better way to mark our 25th year than to host on-set celebrations for our friends on both sides of our common border, in the same week".
"We are thrilled to celebrate Canada's national day inside the studio facilities of a Canadian company that has brought its renowned business model to the US and is thriving", remarked Canadian Consul General Gitane De Silva, "This is a testament to the strong bond between Canada and the United States, and it will be in this spirit of collaboration and friendship that we will celebrate Canada Day on Monday with our colleagues and friends in Chicago."
Currently on the lot at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios:
Chicago Fire (TV series, NBC Universal)
Chicago P.D. (TV series, NBC Universal)
Divergent (Feature, Lionsgate/Summit)
Transformers 4 (Feature, Paramount)
Mind Games (TV series, Fox TV)
Crisis (TV series, Fox TV)
Sirens (TV series, USA Networks)
Currently on the lot at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto:
Nikita (TV series, Warner Bros TV)
Bitten (TV series, Entertainment One)
Warehouse 13 (TV Series, NBC Universal)
Maps To The Stars (Feature, Entertainment One/Integral Film/Prospero Pictures)
Pompeii (Feature, Constantin Film/Don Carmody Productions/Impact Pictures)
Beauty and the Beast (TV series, CBS TV)
Reign (TV Series, CBS TV)
About the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto:
The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto's provides consular services to the thousands of American citizens in Ontario and to the many visa applicants in the consular region, while at the same time working to enhance the already strong cultural, economic, and political ties between Ontarians and the people of the United States.
About the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago:
The Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and northwestern Indiana, is part of a world-wide network of Canadian diplomatic and trade offices, including more than 15 across the United States. The Consulate General works to further the strong Canada-US relationship by promoting Canada's interests in this region through stronger trade and economic ties, enhanced political, academic and cultural links between Canada and the Midwest, and consular assistance to Canadians visiting or living in the Midwest.
SOURCE: Cinespace Film Studios Inc.
For further information:
For more information about Cinespace Film Studios Toronto, please contact:
D. Jim Mirkopoulos, VP, 416-406-4000, [email protected]
For more information about Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, please contact:
Alexander Pissios, General Manager, 773-521-8000, [email protected]