OMDC Newsletter
Summer 2013

OMDC Takes U.S. Production Execs on a Fam Tour

From July 7 to 10, senior executives with 13 LA-based film and television production houses were invited by OMDC’s Film Commission, in partnership with the City of Toronto, to participate in a familiarization (or fam) tour of Toronto and Ontario, designed to showcase what Ontario’s film and television sector has to offer their productions.

The tour opened with a welcome breakfast attended by Minister Michael Chan and other municipal and provincial government officials. Over the course of the three days, executives met with Toronto/Ontario’s key industry stakeholders at a variety of events and venues around the city including: a VFX and animation industry luncheon at the Distillery District; a networking breakfast with industry union and guild reps; an industry reception at Casa Loma, hosted by industry consortium FilmOntario; as well as a demonstration of cutting edge 3D and motion capture advancements being developed by the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT).

(L to R) Randy McLean, Toronto Film Commissioner; The Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President & CEO.   (L to R) Yolanda Cochran, SVP Physical Production, Alcon Entertainment; Keenan Bradshaw, VP Production Finance, Media Rights Capital; Kristine Murphy, Director of Industry Development, OMDC; John Parker, Toronto City Councillor; David Benavente, SVP Production Finance, Shine America; and Louis Major, VP Canada & GM, Technicolor.
(L to R) Marc Fiorentino, VP Production, Hyde Park Entertainment; Brunson Green, Producer/Principal, Harbinger Pictures; Donna Zuchlinski, OMDC’s Manager of Film; Matt Flanders, VP Production & Development, Plan B Entertainment.   (L to R) Stephen Emery, VP Production & Development, Circle of Confusion; Eric Jensen, Manager, Toronto Film and Television Office; Shelley Madison, Consultant, Optix Digital Pictures; David Ortiz, VP Production & Development, One Race Productions.


The group also toured Toronto’s major studios Pinewood, Showline, Cinespace, and Revival 629, and post-production facilities Deluxe, Mr X., and Technicolor, as well as a surveying popular filming sites such as Chinatown, Metro Square, the University of Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and the financial district.

On the last day, production executives were treated to a visit to Niagara Falls (hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission) and enjoyed lunch at a Niagara winery before departing for home that evening.

“The OMDC truly put together a fantastic tour highlighting the best the city has to offer the filmed entertainment community from a production and post-production standpoint. Having not been in the city in a shooting scenario in over 15 years, my goal for the trip was to gain a grasp of the CURRENT state of production resources, infrastructure and crew in the region and city of Toronto. That said, over the three days we benefitted from an optimal mix of location visits of stages and facilities as well as mixers with guild and union reps, labs and VFX houses such that I can now speak from an informed position when the subject of Toronto as a shooting location is raised back at home in Los Angeles. You never really know what you can get until you actually put your feet on the ground, visit the options and shake hands and look people in the eye. I'm very appreciative of the opportunity and the generosity of all involved with making this happen.” Yolanda T. Cochran, EVP Physical Production, Alcon Entertainment

Past OMDC fam tours have resulted in new business for Ontario. Examples include Summit Entertainment and Morgan Creek choosing Ontario for their films Red and Dream House after participation.

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