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Toronto production reached record $1.23B in 2014: report

The key driver was domestic TV series on-location shooting, while Toronto also saw a big jump in commercial production. (Toronto-shot Rookie Blue pictured.)

Total screen-based production hit a record $1.23 billion in 2014, with surging domestic film and TV on-location shooting the key driver, according to a City of Toronto report.

Production on TV series like History’s Vikings, Global’s Rookie Blue and Space’s Orphan Black helped lead Canadian and coproduction activity in Toronto last year to a record $652 million, up 21% from 2013 levels.

The overall amount of foreign and domestic TV production in the city in 2014 was up 3.7% to $757.4 million, or 100 series in all, as Toronto also hosted shoots for Bravo’s Suits and FX’s The Strain.

TV production last year represented 79.4% of the city’s production mix, according to the City of Toronto report.

On the movie front, no big tentpole movies shooting in the city last year meant foreign and domestic feature film production activity fell 11% to $169.5 million.

The total production mix for Toronto last year included commercial production jumping 16% to $195 million, and animation rising 7% to $87.1 million.

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