Gondek and CED head to Hollywood for a two-day trade mission

0

“You will find a lot of talent here, whether in front of or behind the camera”

Content of the article

Mayor Jyoti Gondek joins a cast of Calgary film industry leaders on a trip to Los Angeles to promote the city as a place to do business this week.

Advertisement 2

Content of the article

The two-day trade mission will include meeting with studio executives at a “Calgary Film and Television Industry Night” hosted at the Consulate at Canada House. Meetings are also scheduled with the studios throughout the two days of the trip.

Content of the article

Luke Azevedo, Vice President of Creative Industries, Operations and Calgary Economic Development Film Commissioner, said this was not his first trip to Los Angeles with a Calgary mayor. The last time was in 2016 with then-Mayor Naheed Nenshi to promote the new Calgary Film Centre.

Azevedo said that center now hosts 70-75% of all movies and TV shows in Calgary.

He said this model of traveling to Hollywood to sell a location works well for other jurisdictions, like Toronto.

“This gives us the opportunity to enter a market with the city champion to talk about support, growth and opportunities for Calgary, film and television,” said Azevedo.

Advertisement 3

Content of the article

Gondek said she will act as a champion in making sure the executives they talk to understand the diversity of the workforce available in Calgary.

“You’ll find a lot of talent here, whether in front of or behind the camera,” Gondek said. “And I think that’s important, because more and more what we’re hearing from film and television is that they want to do authentic productions, where they actually use people who have been through a experience in acting, writing and directing.

She said the recently released Predator franchise prequel, Prey, is an example of a film that found success after hiring many local Indigenous actors.

  1. Julian Black Antelope as Chief Kehetu in 20th Century Studios PREY, exclusively on Hulu.  Photo by David Bukach.  © 2022 20th Century Studios.  All rights reserved.

    Big-budget action flick Prey offered opportunities for Indigenous artists, say Calgary cast

  2. Amber Midthunder as Naru in PREY from 20th Century Studios, exclusively on Hulu.  Photo by David Bukach.  © 2022 20th Century Studios.  All rights reserved.

    Prey, shot in Alberta, puts a culturally accurate spin on the Predator franchise against the backdrop of the 18th century Comanche nation

  3. People enjoy a sunny morning in downtown Calgary on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

    Calgary Economic Development is optimistic about the city’s prospects in its annual community report

Gondek said business owners who previously worked in the energy industry are succeeding in the film industry by creating modernized sound stages with their properties, another thing she will promote to executives.

Advertisement 4

Content of the article

“We have retrofits of buildings that were previously used for manufacturing in the energy sector, and if you talk to owners, they’ll say that’s really part of their energy transition where they’re reallocating those spaces,” she says. . “They redid them inside. It’s adaptive reuse, and it’s the opportunity to have more space for film and television production.

Azevedo said with this new infrastructure coming online and a growing pool of film industry workers, Calgary is creating an environment that can support the best filmmaking projects on the planet.

“We’re competitive in all aspects of production and that allows us to attract these productions here, and make them not only successful but extremely successful,” he said.

Advertisement 5

Content of the article

Azevedo said that while unplanned, the trade mission takes place days before the Emmys on Monday.

He said the budget for this trip is not large – the Canada House event will cost around $14,000 to organize, and beyond that it’s mostly travel expenses.

He said the private industry partners pay their own travel expenses.

“They come because they see an opportunity to help develop the market here. And they are all extremely interested in seeing that happen: prosperity for all.

In its 2021 annual report, Calgary Economic Development said film and television development injected just over half a billion dollars into the local economy.

[email protected]
Twitter: @brodie_thomas

Advertisement 1

comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively yet civil discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments can take up to an hour to be moderated before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications. You will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, if there is an update to a comment thread you follow, or if a user follows you comments. Visit our Community Rules for more information and details on how to adjust your E-mail settings.

Share.

Comments are closed.