CBS CORPORATION CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF MAJOR TELEVISION AND FILM PRODUCTION FACILITY NEAR TORONTO
Local Dignitaries Join in Cutting Ribbon on 260,000 Square Foot “CBS Stages Canada”
Exactly one year to the day after announcing plans to secure a 260,000 square-foot space located in the city of Mississauga, 18 miles (29 kilometers) from downtown Toronto, CBS Corporation has opened “CBS Stages Canada,” a multi-use production facility that includes six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production. CBS is the first major U.S. media company to open a branded production entity in the country.
To celebrate the opening of the studio property, the Company revealed the studio’s new signage, held a ribbon cutting and hosted a reception for provincial and local representatives, including the Honourable Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, as well as Her Worship, Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, the community in which the property is located. Attending on behalf of CBS were Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group; David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios; John Orlando, Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs for CBS Corporation; and John Weber and Frank Siracusa, CBS’ Toronto-based executive producers on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and co-executive producers on IN THE DARK, who have been in charge of developing and managing the property. The event included local broadcasters, industry executives, Toronto-based production teams and representatives from Canadian film and television unions.
According to Nuñez, “CBS is a global company that has had a storied history and broad footprint throughout the provinces, both as a producer and distributor. With the addition of the new studio space, we will be able to diversify and expand in ways that were not previously possible.” Stapf added: “We’ve been producing premium programming in the province since 2002, and we came to the realization that we not only needed additional production space, but that Mississauga, with its strong production infrastructure and long history of crafts expertise, was the perfect location for our international expansion.”
Provincial and local representatives were effusive in their praise of the project. “Today’s opening is just the latest example of the growing success we see in our film and television industry, as our government is making Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Minister Fedeli. “We are committed to providing stability and support to ensure this key Ontario industry can compete and remain a leading destination for investment and job creation.”
“We are thrilled that CBS Stages Canada is officially open for business in Ontario,” added Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We offer the world in one province and this studio facility will further support Ontario’s vibrant culture sector by engaging Ontario-based businesses in production while creating thousands of jobs for local creators, technical artists and talent.”
“I couldn’t be more delighted to be opening the doors to CBS Stages Canada right here in Mississauga,” said Mayor Crombie. “As the second busiest filming location in the province, Mississauga is quickly becoming known as ‘Studio City North.’ This new facility will not only bring hundreds of highly-skilled jobs to our city but will put us on the international map for film and television.”
The new facility will provide additional production space for CBS Television Studios’ expanding roster of television programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Currently, the Studio produces over 70 series, including top-rated series for the CBS Television Network, critically acclaimed shows for The CW, marquee premium series for the CBS All Access streaming service, and a growing roster of programming for networks and platforms outside of CBS, including several throughout Canada. Currently, CBS Television Studios shoots STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and IN THE DARK in Toronto, in addition to several other productions in Canada, including the reboots of CHARMED and NANCY DREW.
About CBS Studios International:
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes programming from CBS Television Studios created for the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and other platforms, as well as content from CBS Television Distribution, Showtime Networks, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures, including owning and operating Network 10 in Australia and also exports a diverse line-up of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming with more than 70 series currently in production across broadcast and cable networks, streaming services, and other emerging platforms. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically-acclaimed scripted programming, genre-defining franchises, including the ever-growing “Star Trek” universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, and an extensive library of iconic intellectual property.
For a list of all CBS Television Studios programming, visit https://cbspressexpress.com/cbs-television-studios/
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