Plunging Canadian Dollar Sends U.S. Studios North of the Border With Pilots
Soundstages in Hollywood North are filling with Fox's 'Minority Report,' ABC dramedy 'Mix' and NBC's 'Warrior.'
Pilot production in Canada has picked up after the plunging Canadian dollar added to the cost savings for U.S. producers shooting north of the border.
Eight pilots are currently shooting in Toronto and Vancouver, led by primetime contenders such as the ABC dramedy Mix, the CBS comedy Taxi 22, Fox's movie-to-TV pilot Minority Report and NBC's martial arts drama pilot Warrior from David DiGilio (Crossbones).
CW, which routinely shoots pilots and series in Canada, is this year bringing the Dead People pilot, from Californication creator Tom Kapinos and executive producer J.J. Abrams, to Vancouver, and shooting the procedural Cheerleader Death Squad, from Desperate Housewives' Marc Cherry and Under the Dome's Neil Baer, in Toronto.
CBS Studios is shooting Tad Quill's Taxi 22, about a misanthropic and politically incorrect New York City cab driver, in Toronto. Falling oil prices drawing the Canadian dollar under 80 cents in value to the American greenback has the major studios factoring in added currency savings on top of tax credits and local on-set talent when weighing whether to shoot in Canada.
Also headed to Toronto is NBC's sequel Minority Report from Amblin Television, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television, and the network's Warrior pilot from Universal Television. Other Vancouver shoots: TNT's supernatural drama Breed, set in the Pacific Northwest, ABC's Jenna Bans thriller with the working title Flesh and Blood and the family dramedy Mix from Warner Bros. TV and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train shingle.