The Northern Ontario Film Studios has announced it is opening a North Bay studio Friday.
In a news release, NOFS says it has been working closely with its partners in the region to offer a full-service facility dedicated to the feature film industry in North Bay.
"This studio launch will begin to provide the resources and infrastructure necessary to support the ever growing industry in North Bay. With an established facility in Sudbury, NOFS is dedicated to expand across Northern Ontario to ensure growth and sustainability for the film industry in Northern Ontario," says David Anselmo,
President of Production, Hideaway Pictures Inc.
In 2015, NOFS serviced 15 of 16 film and television projects in the Sudbury area, and six projects in other parts of Northern Ontario, attracting over $30M of economic development for the region.
Its sister company, Hideaway Pictures is a full-service feature film and television production company behind the very popular Flowershop Mystery Series featuring Brooke Shields and Beau Bridges, Christmas With Tucker starring James Brolin and five more films shot in the North Bay and surrounding area since 2013.
"The fact that NOFS is opening a studio in our city shows that they have faith in the availability of both artistic talent and experienced crew members in North Bay,'" Jim Calarco, president of North Star Talent told BayToday.
North Bay Mayor Al McDonald says he's excited by the prospect.
"We have had great success attracting films to our city. This industry has injected millions of dollars into our economy, created jobs in front and behind the cameras, and has helped keep our young people in our community. I am in full support of the film industry here and work with local champions to help bring more shoots to our city."
The Northern Ontario Film Studios is located at 1765 Jane Street.