U.S.-based Amazon MGM Studios has leased 160,000 square feet of new soundstage and office space in Toronto.
The space is located at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Culver City, Calif.-based Amazon MGM has secured exclusive use of the new facilities under a long-term agreement. The deal is Amazon MGM’s first multi-year commitment to use studio space in Canada and part of the producer’s effort to establish a new Canadian production hub.
“The long-term commitment to studio space in Toronto aligns with Amazon MGM Studios’ current strategy of expanding its production footprint in Canada,” said the company in a news release.
Amazon MGM Studios, MGM Television and MGM+ Studios have produced and commissioned more than 40 series and films shot in Canada. The productions include The Boys, Gen V, Reacher, and The Handmaid’s Tale in Ontario; Fargo and Billy The Kid in Alberta; The Man in the High Castle and Upload in British Columbia; Tales from the Loop in Manitoba; and parts of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Voyeurs in Quebec.
The Toronto Pinewood Studios land is owned by the City of Toronto and administered by its CreateTO real estate agency.
“We are just incredibly proud that Amazon chose to make Toronto the home of its Canadian production office,” said Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow during the official opening of the new space.
The deal further reinforces CreateTO’s commitment to fostering the growth of the critical film and TV industry in the Port Lands district, Vic Gupta, the group’s CEO, said in a news release.
Pinewood Toronto is owned by U.K.-based Pinewood Group, which acquired full ownership of the Canadian firm in May 2023.
Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star.
Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.