Netflix maintains its major presence in Metro Vancouver as the streaming giant announced today that it is extending its lease with Martini Film Studios (MFS) for another five years.
The extension of the lease for the studio facilities in the Township of Langley provides Netflix with continued access to eight sound stages and a total space of 260,000 square feet.
Recent productions filmed by Netflix at the MFS include space force, mix tape, Another life, Ivy & Beanand Grendel. Netflix was the first customer of the first MFS facility, which opened in 2017.
“With over 60 Netflix shows and movies filmed in British Columbia since 2018, we are excited to redouble our commitment to the region as a production hub,” said Amy Reinhard, vice president of studio operations for Netflix, in a press release.
“There is an incredible level of talent, innovation and creativity across the province, and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with Martini Film Studios, who have been an exceptional partner.
In late 2021, MFS began construction of a new purpose-built film and production studio campus on a vacant 33-acre lot adjacent to the 216th Street Interchange of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Township of Langley.
When it opens in 2024, it will be one of the largest film production facilities in Canada. There will be 16 sound stages with a combined floor area of 37,000 square feet, plus 224,000 square feet of support buildings and 135,000 square feet of office space for productions. This is just one of many future purpose-built film production facilities in Metro Vancouver.
In contrast, facilities built by MFS in 2017 were previously used as warehouses before being converted for film production.
“From day one, Netflix has been an incredible partner for Martini Film Studios. As we grow our studio business, I am excited to continue this partnership for another five years,” said Gemma Martini, Founder and CEO of MFS.
“Netflix is a very important part of the production industry here in British Columbia and we really appreciate the huge vote of confidence it’s showing, both in Martini Cinema Studios but also in the crew and technicians at world class who support our industry.”
In September 2020, Netflix also signed a new long-term lease for 178,000 square feet of production facilities – including seven sound stages and office and support space – at Canadian Motion Picture Park in South Burnaby.
There is currently a severe shortage of film and production space in Metro Vancouver, which limits the local industry’s ability to accept more production work from Hollywood, grow and create more local jobs and economic benefits.
In October 2021, the Vancouver Economic Commission reported that the film, television, animation and post-production industry generated a combined total of $3.4 billion for the economy of Colombia. British in 2020, even with the effects of the pandemic. In doing so, he supported 65,000 jobs across British Columbia.
Of this total economic impact, approximately $2.5 billion came from film and television productions, including 48 live-action scripted television series, a 30% year-over-year increase.
The BC industry has also been a major global beneficiary of increased spending on productions by streaming giants Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime. In 2020, British Columbia accounted for approximately 66% of all new streaming projects in Canada.