CBS to Build Large-Scale Production Facility Near Toronto

Sep 26, 2018  •  Post A Comment

CBS unveiled plans today to build a large-scale television and film production facility near Toronto. CBS Television Studios currently shoots “Star Trek: Discovery” and “In the Dark” in Toronto and has a number of other productions in the works in Canada, including the reboot of “Charmed.”

The 260,000 square-foot space, “CBS Stages Canada” is scheduled to open in mid-2019 in the city of Mississauga, 18 miles from downtown Toronto. CBS describes it as “a multi-use production facility that will include six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.”

“The new facility will provide additional production space for CBS Television Studios’ expanding roster of television programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms,” today’s announcement notes. “Currently, the Studio produces 63 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.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, says in the announcement: “CBS has a strong production history in Canada. The Toronto area specifically has provided our series with diverse and appealing locations as well as production infrastructure and crafts expertise that cannot be easily found. These new stages will provide valuable resources and additional capacity for our Company’s growing production slate.”

The announcement adds: “Between construction, ongoing facility management, production and crafts, the new studio is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to the region. Currently, CBS Television Studios is in the process of working with local and provincial officials on securing permits and drawing architectural plans for the facility, which is being fast-tracked for a mid-2019 opening. Toronto-based production executives John Weber and Frank Siracusa (executive producers on CBS Television Studios’ ‘Star Trek: Discovery’) will oversee the development of the project and ongoing management of the production facility.”

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  1. Does CBS know what the tariffs are for TV from Canada?

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