Film & DigitalThe film and television industry, including strong players in visual and special effects as well as post production, generates close to $1 billion dollars annually for the Toronto economy and employs 25,000 people.
The city has created an impressive infrastructure to support a booming film industry with more than a million square feet of dedicated studio space, a number of equipment suppliers, unsurpassed camera crews and on-screen talent, as well as the restaurants, clubs and attractions that make a day off inviting for the stars. A who’s who of Hollywood regularly makes Toronto a home away from home.
They come here to shoot movies and television series that are known the world over: Oscar-winners Chicago and Goodwill Hunting were shot here, as were Saw VI, Chloe and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World—the latter two emblematic of another remarkable new film trend in which Toronto stars as the actual setting for the films. The Flashpoint television series also starred Toronto—it was both shot here and used as the show’s inspiration city.
Simply put, the world thinks of Toronto as one of the best locations to make a film. And rightfully so. This is a city that has pioneered breakthrough technology. Imax was created here, as was the Maya software that, in 2003, won an Academy Award "for scientific and technical achievement", citing use "on nearly every feature using 3-D computer-generated images.” Today, as 3-D takes the industry by storm, the Toronto film industry is poised to play its part with new technological offerings and a prepared camera crew.
In June 2009 the Province of Ontario announced significant enhancements to its tax credits and simplified the rules around an already generous digital media and animation tax credit. These changes along with the stability of the Canadian economy, the Ontario track record of delivering on its promises and the new seven-sound-stage studio—including the 46,000 square foot “megastage” operated since 2009 by Pinewood Studios—has the City poised for another period of solid growth.
But Toronto isn’t just a place to shoot movies, it’s also the place to see them. At the now infamous Toronto International Film Festival—the world largest public film festival—more than 350,000 tickets are sold, annually, for screenings.
Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc.
Cookie Jar Group is a leading independent producer of children’s entertainment, consumer products and educational materials. In March 2004, leading children’s entertainment executives Michael Hirsh and Toper Taylor founded Cookie Jar Group. Together with noted educational publishing executives Steve and Patti Carson, and Scott McCaw, they forged a unique company focused on enhancing the lives of children at home and at school.
On July 23 2008, Cookie Jar Entertainment acquired DIC Entertainment and CPLG. The acquisition doubled the company’s exceptional library of family programming and strengthened its capabilities in global merchandising and licensing.
Made up of three divisions—Cookie Jar Entertainment, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) and Cookie Jar Education—Cookie Jar Group is one of the world’s largest independent children’s entertainment, consumer products and education companies with ownership and licensing rights to some of the most recognizable character brands including Arthur, Caillou, Johnny Test and Strawberry Shortcake.
Headquartered in Toronto, Cookie Jar Group has more than 200 employees strategically located in 12 additional offices around the globe. G20 locations include: the UK, Germany, France, Japan and the USA.
With its broad scope, the company is able to meet the challenges of a competitive field, with pioneering business models and innovative brand approaches.
For further information: 416-977-3238; www.thecookiejarcompany.com
Imarion is a multi-faceted post-production studio. They are an integral part of the production process, creating quality content while maintaining exceptional service. Their blend of creative and technological expertise provides clients a seamless post-production experience. From High Definition finishing and grading to broadcast design, visual f/x and animation, their reach extends to many areas, giving clients a fully customized post solution. Services include:
From concept to final production, Imarion approaches each project with creative thinking and problem solving. Whether it's for an image spot, network identity, titles, or broadcast advertising campaign, Imarion seeks to bring a fresh and unique perspective.
Imarion has created numerous original animations and visual f/x that have played major and minor roles in many productions. From illustrating the complex detail of a navy ship, to providing fully realized cg integrated into live action. This highly technical capability is balanced by the inspiration and satisfaction of creating animation and VFX.
• HD Finishing and Grading
The opportunity will come when your production will go into its final stage. Grading and HD finishing will breathe life into your film, putting together all elements and deciding on effective colour choices. Imarion is dedicated to realizing the original creative vision in all productions, especially at this critical end point.
For further information: 416.597.2989; email@example.com; www.imarion.com
Story City provides scalable production services for animation producers. Their specialty is in pre- and post-production for animated television series. Story City provides story and design development, production design, scripting, storyboarding and animatics.
Story City maintains a network of creative and artistic talent throughout the world and assembles the precise team for each production. Story City is adept at negotiating and working with animation studios in North America and internationally to bring the best results to every project within time and budget requirements.
Their Toronto headquarters is the location of their state of the art digital production studio which includes:
• Digital storyboards using Toon Boom software
• Maya 3-D animation production
• Flash animation production
• 4 Avid editing suites
For further information: 416-367-4997; firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.storycity.ca
Interactive media has become the largest form of entertainment in the world. TimePlay Entertainment has advanced and extended the existing world of interactive media into larger, more robust and socially engaging out of home venues such as cinemas, casinos, bingo clubs, bars, hotels and cruise ships.
TimePlay is a world leader in creating multi-player interactive content. Through its patented CineLynx platform, hundreds of people can participate in the same experience. The audience uses dedicated game player devices or mobile phones to interact with content on screens—peer to peer or venue to venue—parlaying huge existing audiences and infrastructure into a completely new social entertainment experience.
Each player uses a wireless client, which communicates with a central server to run the game logic and multi-media aspects of the show. The server is controlled by an operator. The platform also allows locations to be networked so the audience can play games nationally. The system provides multiple layers of interactivity, including player to player and connects with online and mobile platforms, which enriches and extends the experience.
The shows are controlled by a live host, who has his own operator console (OPCON) to choose games based on the demographic, create teams and showcase leader boards or even control venue sound and lighting. The host can also facilitate up-sells through the OPCON or pocket PC.
TimePlay’s Point-of-Sale system is unique to the platform as it provides the functionality of a traditional POS system while incorporating tools to provide optimal customer service, such as a loyalty/membership points system, up-sell capabilities, and customized options for the program operator. A full reporting system is included for post-game analysis, research and loyalty/database programs.
For further information: 416-348-8998; email@example.com; http://timeplay.com/Home/