'Open for business': Ontario names advisory panel to promote film industry

The 15-member panel is to advise on trends, challenges and opportunities to Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

A scene from The Handmaid's Tale. George Kraychyk/Hulu

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Ontario has named the members of an advisory panel to boost the province’s nearly $2 billion a year film industry, the government said Wednesday.

The panel, first announced in last year’s budget, will be led by Jim Mirkopoulos, vice president of Cinespace Film Studios, which has locations north of Toronto where the big budget Pacific Rim and the award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale were filmed, among others.

Christina Jennings, founder of Shaftesbury Films, whose credits include the TV series Murdoch Mysteries and The Listener, was appointed vice chair.

The 15-member panel is to advise on trends, challenges and opportunities to Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

“Ontario is open for business, open for jobs, and open for film and television productions,” MacLeod said.

The province is keen to attract “high-value productions that drive our economy and strengthen our unique cultural identity,” she said.

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