Massive Film and TV Production Hub Heading to Hamilton, OntarioJune 22, 2019
Aeon Studio Group (ASG) has announced plans to build Hamilton, Ontario into an international hub for film, television, and digital media production.
The cornerstone of the plan is the Hamilton Studio District, a live-work-play development that will include:
-Film and television production campus with purpose-built modern soundstages, production offices, support facilities, backlot
-Other studios for post-production, animation, visual effects, game development, music
-Crew training facility, HQ for the local talent pool and job creation effort
-Office buildings for film industry suppliers, and media, digital and tech companies
-Collaborative, affordable and creative workspaces geared towards the enrichment of the artistic and creative industry community
-Residential / retail space, including two residential towers, and public open space that is pedestrian-oriented and provides community connectivity
“This is a win-win for the community,” said Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr. “Not only are we getting a new investment worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but we will be remediating a former industrial site that has sat vacant for years. Fantastic news for this area!”
“Creative industries are very much one of our key focuses in Hamilton and this investment means new jobs, new taxes and a new focus on this city,” said Hamilton Economic Development Director Glen Norton. “We look forward to finalizing this purchase agreement and start the development process as soon as possible.”
ASG plans to build 500,000 square feet of stage space in Hamilton, the first 150,000 of which will be operational within a year.