News Release
April 29, 2019

Today, Mayor John Tory announced he will lead a business mission to Los Angeles from May 9 to 10.
Mayor Tory, along with Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic and Community Development Committee, and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth), will be accompanied by 30 companies on the mission to meet with established studios operating in Toronto, as well as production companies looking to expand their operations.
The mission will also reinforce that Toronto’s studio space capacity will increase over the next two years, and its respected industry workforce is also developing and expanding to meet the high demand amongst production entities.
The Toronto screen production industry can also proudly point to the fact that in 2018 domestic and foreign film, television, digital and commercials production investments in Toronto achieved its second highest level ever at $1.96 billion.
The Los Angeles business mission is a collaborative public and private sector initiative supported by Toronto’s community of screen-based service providers (film, television, commercials and animation).
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“We have tremendous talent in Toronto. The people, the skills, the experience – we have it all here. We are committed to growing this sector and attracting new productions to our city so that we create more jobs and continue this success story.”  
– Mayor John Tory
“The consistent success and diversification of Toronto’s screen production investments reveals that we are not only admired by TV series and film productions, but that we are also a favoured location for commercial production, animation and visual effects.”
– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Councillor for Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic and Community Development Committee
“Our L.A. mission includes representatives from the public and private sectors demonstrating that we are united in our goal of ensuring Toronto’s film and television industries are not only profitable, but also vibrant and reflective of Toronto’s diversity.”
– Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth)
“The previous LA missions have been crucial to maintaining and growing our local screen industry. TriBro Studios is proud to have been part of this delegation since the inception of the LA mission, and we are excited to be a part of the mission again this year, along with Mayor Tory, to help attract the next wave of projects to Toronto.”
– Peter Apostolopoulos, President, TriBro Studios
“I am proud of Mayor Tory’s unwavering support for our screen-based ecosystem in Toronto by joining us for the third consecutive year in L.A. to look our clients in the eye and candidly share our progress on community engagement, infrastructure, our challenges and celebrate our successes.”
– Neishaw Ali, President/Executive Producer, SPINVFX
“I am thrilled to participate in another business mission to Los Angeles with Mayor Tory and to deliver positive news about the ongoing training efforts and film labour force growth taking place to accommodate the expansion of the Toronto screen industry.”
– Wayne Goodchild, President, IATSE 873
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Shane Gerard
Strategic Communications
Anastasia Saradoc
Economic Development and Culture
Don Peat
Office of the Mayor