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The new Hollywood North?

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

Film production in Durham Region continues to grow, as demand for studio space is high according to a report from the region.

In 2018, the value of film production in Durham reached an all time high of $52.9 million after 102 productions were shot in the region.

“In 2018, feature films and television series accounted for the majority of the filming activity in the region, representing 93 per cent of the total productions,” writes Brian Bridgeman, commissioner of planning and economic development.

The rest were commercials, documentaries, and independent films.

Notable films productions include It: Chapter 2, Polar, Christmas in Vermont, Home for Harvest, and A Sweet Taste of Love.

TV shows of note included The Boys, Schitt’s Creek, American Gods, Anne with an E, Titans and more.

From 2012 to 2018, film and TV production activity in Durham increased by 168 per cent, resulting in an estimated total value of $188 million in production generated from 443 projects
over seven years.

As momentum continues to grow, Bridgeman writes interest will surge as well.

“There is a growing interest in the region’s unique locations, workforce, and services that support the film industry,” he writes.