OMDC Newsletter
APRIL 2012

Ontario's Screen-Based Industries Roll Out The Red Carpet In Los Angeles

OMDC, in partnership with the City of Toronto, FilmOntario and CASO, recently presented the inaugural TORONTO/ONTARIO ON LOCATION IN LA event, designed to showcase Toronto and Ontario's advantages as a world-class location for film, TV, post-production, VFX and animation production.

Held on February 22 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in LA, the full-day event featured a trade show-style marketplace for Ontario-based suppliers to connect with clients and presentations on the advantages of producing, doing animation, VFX and post-production in the province that is now known as the "gold standard" among film commissions worldwide. A key component of the day was the almost 100 pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between the delegate companies and LA clients. The event wrapped up with a well-attended networking reception.

Senior representatives from over 40 of Ontario's leading industry suppliers, producers and screen-based companies attended. Production and post-production, equipment suppliers, VFX and animation studios, studio operators, labour organizations, financial services companies, as well many industry support companies all enjoyed the day.

Response from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive:

"Thanks to you for organizing such a great event. The best part was the late afternoon-early evening cocktail hour. It was very casual, and busy, and it was easy to meet lots of people. I also think that overall the format of the event was great, being more of a trade show format. The clients I invited thought it was better than they expected, and stayed for a long time due to that format." - Chris Parker, Chief Technology Officer, Bling Digital.

"You and your team did a FANTASTIC job putting the event together! I thought it was a great first year and I would encourage it again for 2013!!!!" - James Fraser, Sales Executive, Technicolor Creative Services Toronto.

"Suzette Couture and I thoroughly enjoyed the OMDC LA event. It is essential to have a presence here to be successful in the television side of the business. We would like to thank all involved in organizing this initiative and hope that OMDC will continue to have a presence in LA." - Pierre Sarrazin, President, Sarrazin Couture Productions.

"I think it was a great event. The level of attendees was very high. There were also some people we had not met before and we have started new relationships with them". - Rick Perotto, VP Business Development, William F. White International

The TORONTO/ONTARIO ON LOCATION IN LA event helped continue Ontario's positive buzz in Hollywood, and gave existing clients and companies considering Ontario more information about the advantages of working here. This event was just part of OMDC's regular efforts to help LA producers get the best bang for their buck when they work in Ontario.

Donna Zuchlinski, OMDC Manager of Film; Peter Finestone, Toronto Film Commissioner (TFTO) meeting with an LA client during the event   Director Donald Petrie and Simone Stock, producer during closing networking reception   Donna Zuchlinski with Producer Bill Carraro and David Hardy, William F. White International