400,000 SQ.-FT. TV, FILM FACILITY ANNOUNCED FOR MARKHAM AT TIFF

Markham Movieland, set to open 2020, will be largest studio in Canada

First Studio City is building a 400,000-square-foot film studio in the City of Markham, Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced Sept. 7.

Markham Movieland, which will be the largest studio in Canada and will include 20 sound stages, is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020, Scarpitti said in a video he tweeted from the heart of Toronto International Film Festival celebrations.

The studio will feature a 70,000-sq.-ft. sound stage, which will be the largest single-purpose sound stage in North America, Scarpitti said.

The lot will be large enough to accommodate productions on the scale of the most recent Star Trek and James Bond films.

Scarpitti added Markham’s diversity of talent, culture and high-tech industries make the city the “right place” for the new studio.

by Heidi Riedner | York Region News

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