OMDC Newsletter
Spring 2017

OMDC-supported FILM and TV production in Ontario surpassed a record $1.7 Billion and 35,000 Jobs in 2016

Another Record-Breaking Year for Production in Ontario

Ontario's film and TV industry supported more than 35,000 jobs in 2016 and contributed $1.7 billion to Ontario's economy, fueled in part by significant provincial investments and the province's highly skilled workforce.

  • An increase of nearly 3,200 jobs over the previous year
  • The sixth consecutive year that film and TV productions supported by the province contributed more than $1 billion to Ontario's economy.
  • Steady overall growth across the film and television industry, in both domestic and foreign productions.
  • The production of award-winning shows including Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black and Letterkenny occurring in Ontario. 

“2016 is the third consecutive record-breaking year in Ontario for film and TV production. Our government has worked hard to create the right conditions to help our film and TV industry succeed. We continue to experience year-over-year growth in this vital sector that contributes significantly to the province's economic growth and supports thousands of jobs."
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 

"Steady growth in both domestic and foreign production is the best possible scenario for Ontario, and that's what we saw in 2016.  Ontario's screen-based industries enjoy local success as well as national and international reach, thanks to a healthy combination of government investment, competitive financial incentives, world-class crews, outstanding talent, diverse locations, and infrastructure that evolves with the industry."
— Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

"2016 was a record year, not only for the Ontario industry, but also for William F. White Int'l.  Several projects in which we participated won Academy Awards, and numerous projects were recognized with Canadian Screen Awards. This is a highly competitive global market and our industry depends on a collaborative partner in the public realm which we have with the Government of Ontario. Our sector benefits from intelligent and enthusiastic partners who see the immense economic value of this sector. They recognize opportunities for growth, and are providing the underlying necessary stability to take our sector to the next level." 
— Paul Bronfman, Chairman and CEO, William F. White International 

"Ontario remains home to standout talent, crews, and production facilities in a cost competitive environment, which is why Universal Cable Productions is drawn to producing a growing number of television projects across the province. We are grateful for the Government of Ontario's continued leadership and its support for our locally filmed series including seven seasons of our hit, Suits." 
— Mark Binke, EVP physical production, Universal Cable Productions 

OMDC Celebrated National Canadian Film Day with a Screening of Remember!

Jack Blum, Sharon Corder, Veronica Tennant,
Karen Thorne-Stone and Robert Lantos
  Atom Egoyan joined the celebration via Skype with Robert Lantos and Linda Barnard

Three OMDC-supported films screened at Hot Docs 2017!

Hot Docs | Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award | Unarmed Verses

Charles Officer, Writer | Director |  Lea Marin, Producer | Anita Lee, Executive Producer

Ontario’s film, television and digital media productions garnered many  Canadian Screen Awards this year.
For a full list of 2017 Canadian Screen Award winners and nominees click here.

Hip-Hop Evolution also won the prestigious Peabody Award | 2 Canadian Screen Awards
Hip-Hop Evolution (OMDC Film Fund – Supported) | HBO Canada (Bell Media) | Banger Films
  Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven (OMDC Film Fund – Supported) | TVO | White Pine Pictures | 1 Canadian Screen Award
How to Change the World (OMDC Film Fund – Supported) | 1 Canadian Screen Award   Born to be Blue (OMDC Film Fund – Supported) | Lumanity Productions, New Real Films, Black Hangar Studios | 2 Canadian Screen Awards
Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr | White Pine Pictures | 3 Canadian Screen Awards   Orphan Black | Space (Bell Media) | Temple Street Productions | 9 Canadian Screen Awards
Murdoch Mysteries – A Merry Murdoch Christmas (CBC) | Shaftesbury | 4 Canadian Screen Awards   Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC) | Frantic Films | 3 Canadian Screen Awards
Letterkenny | CraveTV (Bell Media) | New Metric Media | 3 Canadian Screen Awards   Kim's Convenience | CBC | Thunderbird | 4 Canadian Screen Awards
The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale (CBC) | Smiley Guy Studios | 1 Canadian Screen Award   PAW Patrol TVO (TVO) | Spin Master Paw Productions 3 Inc. | 2 Canadian Screen Awards
Odd Squad TVOKids (TVO) | Sinking Ship Entertainment | 1 Canadian Screen Award   Science Max: Experiments at Large | TVO (TVOkids) | Breakthrough Entertainment | I Canadian Screen Award
The Taming of the Shrew (CBC) | Melbar Entertainment Group | 2 Canadian Screen Awards   Degrassi: Next Class | Family Channel (DHX Media) | 2 Canadian Screen Awards
The Amazing Gayl Pile | LaRue Entertainment | 2 Canadian Screen Awards   Wynonna Earp Interactive | Digital Howard Inc. | 1 Canadian Screen Award
Science Max Interactive | Breakthrough Entertainment | 1 Canadian Screen Award   Schitt’s Creek – Bob’s Bagels | Moira’s Nudes, (CBC) | Not A Real Company Productions, Inc. | 2 Canadian Screen Awards
Vikings | History (Corus Entertainment) | Take 5 Productions Inc. | 2 Canadian Screen Awards   The Tragically Hip – A National Celebration (CBC) | Insight Production Company Ltd. | 3 Canadian Screen Awards
The JUNO Awards 2016 | CTV (Bell Media) | Insight Production Company Ltd. | 1 Canadian Screen Award   The Amazing Race Canada | CTV | Insight Production Company Ltd.| 4 Canadian Screen Awards