Netflix has launched its latest production hub by taking a long-term lease on seven soundstages at the Canadian Motion Picture Park studio complex, just outside Vancouver.
CMPP’s production center in Burnaby, B.C., has 18 soundstages over 25 acres. Netflix intends to shoot an untitled Graham King project and will expand production on its Midnight Mass TV series to its newest production hub. The lease gives Netflix around 178,000 square feet of production space over seven soundstages, in addition to office and support space.
Netflix’s cementing its presence in Vancouver follows the streaming giant and rivals like Hulu and Amazon lining up local stages and crews across Canada to generate their own original content for global distribution.
The King project stars Sandra Bullock and is expected to start production in the Fall. The original series Midnight Mass, from creator and director Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy and Intrepid Pictures, has already started shooting locally at Bridge Studios.
Last year, Netflix launched a separate production hub in Toronto, taking long-term leases on eight soundstages at separate studios to help produce its growing film and TV slate while tapping local incentives. Netflix also has a European production hub in Madrid, Spain.
Recent Netflix productions in British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast, include Lost in Space, Altered Carbon, Another Life and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In the past, Netflix has used a host of Vancouver studios, and is expanding its local footprint with the long-term hold on the CMPP stages.
“The film community is thrilled that Netflix and CMPP are joining forces in Vancouver as it gives us greater opportunities to work on Netflix’s ground-breaking and diverse productions. CMPP is one of the best facilities I’ve worked at and the gold standard for stages,” Rose Lam, Altered Carbon producer, said in a statement.
CMPP has already hosted film and TV shoots for Mission Impossible, Godzilla, Supernatural, A Million Little Things, Batwoman, World of Warcraft and Legends of Tomorrow.
“We are honored to provide facilities to Netflix, one of the leading and most respected content producers in the world. Our purpose-built stages with their cutting-edge technology are a great fit for Netflix,” Alec Fatalevich, CMPP president, added in his own statement.