Gregor Robertson lobbies for national plan to support film, TV

Mayor Gregor Robertson is asking Ottawa to throw Vancouver’s floundering film and TV industry a life preserver.

Thousands packed the North Shore Studios sound stages to discuss ways to save the ailing B.C. film industry

Mayor Gregor Robertson is asking Ottawa to throw Vancouver’s floundering film and TV industry a life preserver.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Robertson announced he plans to introduce a resolution two weeks from now that will call for “a national approach that would see a level playing field across Canada in the film and TV industry.”

Film and TV is a $1.19 billion industry in B.C. and employs 25,000 people. But like the console game industry, it has seen jobs draining to Ontario, thanks to the generous tax incentives offered there.

As reported by Business in Vancouver last week, more than 4,000 actors, directors, producers and technicians converged at North Shore Studios January 22 under the #SaveBCFilm banner to lobby for help.

Robertson said yesterday, “We need to crank up our pressure from the city side. We need to see action in the very near term.”

The mayor said it is estimated that B.C.’s film and TV industry has lost 40% of its business to Eastern Canada.

nbennett@biv.com

@nbennett_biv

comments powered by Disqus

Also Read

More From Entertainment

Sectors have emerged with renewed strength after being hit by economic downturn, heavy competition and technological change 

Read Article

The Canadian entertainment company behind the Family Channel and well-known children’s TV shows like Caillou has acquired Vancouver-based animation studio Nerd Corps in a deal ...

Read Article

In a bid to become master of its domain in the world of video-on-demand, Bell Media has landed a deal for the exclusive streaming rights ...

Read Article

Experience art up close and in person 

Read Article

More than 50 years after her death, bombshell Marilyn Monroe can still generate a good buzz, and a rare print of the beauty was expected ...

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

* indicates required

Newsletters

* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
×