North Bay film studio wants city to become entertainment hub

June 27, 2017 by in Tips

A North Bay production company wants to make the northern Ontario city a movie and television production hub with a $26 million investment to build a large studio.

North Star Studios purchased a 100,000-square-foot property from Epiroc, a large mining supply company, and plans to convert most of the space into five sound stages for film and television productions.

The building is on 4.8 hectares of land, which company president Mitch Ouimette said will provide some opportunities for expansion.

“Ultimately, when we’re done, we should see somewhere around a half a million square feet of new stages built across the North Bay area,” Ouimette said. “Now we’re talking over somewhere between five, six, seven, eight years.”

Ouimette said the plans could create up to 1,000 new jobs in North Bay, which would include people directly involved with movie and television productions, but also construction jobs and sectors that benefit from the industry, including hospitality.


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