Whites Studios will open four soundstages in the city to meet rising demand by Hollywood streaming giants for local production facilities.
William F. White International, the Canadian film and TV production equipment rental giant, is set to open a new Toronto film studio, comprising four go-to soundstages for the production of new originals by Hollywood streaming giants.
WFW chairman and CEO Paul Bronfman, who is also chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios, told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that the 152,000 square foot Whites Studio Edwards Blvd. facility, set to open in January by his Whites Studios division, aims to ease a shortage of local soundstages by landing a single Hollywood studio as a long-term leaseholder.
“This is new incremental business for Toronto. We’re not taking any space from Cinespace or other operators. We will be bringing new business into the city,” Bronfman insisted.
Netflix’s launching of a production hub in Toronto by locking up eight soundstages — four each at Pinewood Toronto Studios and Cinespace Film Studios — has sparked a local space race by Hollywood streaming giants scrambling for soundstages on which to create new high-quality film and TV content.