Photo courtesy of William F. White International Inc.
Calgary’s booming Creative Industries sector is getting another boost with the opening of more than 100,000 sq. ft. of studio space. William F. White International Inc. (WFW) is opening its first studio in Calgary – Fortress Studio and Fortress+ Support – to further support Alberta’s film and television production industry.
"We've been actively supporting the Alberta film and television production industry since our Calgary office opened in 1990, and we reiterated that support in 2016 through our partnership with the Calgary Film Centre," said Garin Josey, Executive Vice President & COO, William F. White International Inc.
"We are excited to have WFW increase its offerings in Alberta with much needed infrastructure to service the film and television community in a long-term, sustainable manner," said Luke Azevedo, Commissioner, Film, Television & Creative Industries, Calgary Economic Development. "WFW has been a strong supporter of our Creative Industries for over 30 years, servicing both foreign and local productions as we continue to grow and develop our sector. New production facilities enhance Alberta's competitiveness in attracting foreign direct investment and increase the impact of the film and television sector on our provincial economy."
Fortress Studio has 97,500 sq. ft. of filmable space, and Fortress+ Support, which acts as a supplementary property, offers almost 70,000 sq. ft. of additional space and more than 19,700 sq. ft. of private offices, boardrooms and other workspaces.
"For decades, we've been discussing the potential of the film industry here in Calgary, but over the past few years, our momentum has really started to grow," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "WFW was a partner in establishing the Calgary Film Centre, and this latest investment is a major endorsement of our potential as a hub for film, television, and other content production. This will lead to new potential for Calgary, but even more importantly, will create training and employment opportunities for current and prospective film industry professionals."
Calgary has hosted a number of productions crews in the last year, including shoots for Black Summer, Wynonna Earp and a reboot of Fraggle Rock.
"There continues to be incredible opportunity for expansion in Calgary. We see now as the perfect time to open up our 10th Canadian studio property in an effort to bring even more local and international productions to this booming production hub,” said Josey.
For more information on Calgary’s film and television sector, visit our Creative Industries page.