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Third Record-breaking Year for Toronto Screen Industry


By: TORONTO FILM, TELEVISION, & DIGITAL MEDIA OFFICE | June 16, 2017

Third Record-breaking Year for Toronto Screen Industry

Investment in Toronto's domestic and foreign film, television and digital productions rose to an all-time record of $2.01 billion in 2016.

In 2016:

Domestic and international screen-based productions exceeded the $1-billion mark for the sixth consecutive year, with a 33-per-cent increase over the $1.55 billion reported in 2015.
Foreign major production investment in film and television grew to $794 million, a 49-per-cent increase from 2015. Since 2014, foreign production investment has increased by 129 per cent.

Investment in animation and visual effects grew to $403 million, a 179-per-cent increase from the $144.5 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 363 per cent from $87.1 million.

Television series, foreign and domestic, remains the dominant investment type in Toronto with an increase to $908 million in 2016.

Investment in television and digital format commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $380 million, a 10-per-cent increase from the $345 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 95 per cent from $195 million.(Note that this type of investment is measured by Toronto but not by other levels of government.)

The number of location filming shoot days has seen three record breaking years, with an increase to 7,280 shoot days in 2016.

The above numbers also help to show a larger Toronto industry success story. Combining the $2 billion in investment noted above with figures from broadcasters and the interactive digital media cluster results in a total investment figure of $3.26 billion for all of Toronto's film, television and digital media production in 2016. That figure represents a 16 per cent increase from 2015.

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