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September 13, 2018

September 13th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Happy Thursday everyone,

The Toronto International Film Festival is wrapping up soon and Hollywood headlines are so far declaring it the most successful in years. This was the first TIFF of the #MeToo era and its influence was everywhere, including at an opening day rally during which hundreds of women called on the entertainment industry to support a wider range of voices. Variety has details below.
https://variety.com/2018/film/news/toronto-film-festival-protest-rally-women-underrepresentation-1202933254/


Many in the industry are anxiously awaiting the 2019 launch of Disney's new streaming service and we learned this week that Warner Brothers will not be far behind. As detailed in the 
Los Angeles Times this week, AT&T is developing a new streaming video service that will use the Warner Bros. catalog of TV shows and movies. 

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-stephenson-warnermedia-20180912-story.html

Speaking of streaming (aren't we always?), Netflix and the Canadian Film Centre announced a 
five-year partnership this week. As reported in Variety below, they are teaming up to foster the development, creation and marketing of Canadian film and TV projects and talent.

https://variety.com/2018/film/festivals/netflix-canadian-film-centre-cement-partnership-1202934283/

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is no more – in name, at least – after rebranding to Ontario Creates. 
 As detailed in Playback below,  through its new name and logo, the cultural media government agency said it aims to ensure its visual identity meets current online accessibility standards for public websites.

http://playbackonline.ca/2018/09/07/omdc-rebrands-to-ontario-creates/

Finally, this week, a proposed new studio complex in Ontario made headlines in Hollywood this week. As detailed in the 
Hollywood Reporter below, the $100 million First Studio City Complex in Markham is slated to open in late 2020 and will reportedly boast 400,000-square-feet, including a 70,000-square-foot "Super Stage," touted as the largest single purpose-built stage in North America.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/plans-unveiled-new-100m-toronto-film-production-studio-tiff-2018-1140789

Many of you know that today will be my last day working as Ontario's Los Angeles-based representative. As I sign off for the last time in this capacity, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who has offered both professional support and friendship over the past nearly nine years. This position has been an incredible opportunity and an extraordinary privilege and I am grateful to have worked with thoughtful, engaged and hard-working people at Ontario Creates (OMDC), the City of Toronto and FilmOntario. 

I will reach out next week with more details on my next professional endeavor. This e-mail and the office number below will continue to be monitored by the Ontario Film Commission and its team is always ready to assist you with any questions regarding working in the province.

Warmest regards,
Kelly Graham-Scherer

Los Angeles Representative
Toronto/ Ontario Film Office

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