TORONTO, ON (November 18th, 2015) – TriBro Studios announced in late June, the launch of their trailblazing incentive program to cut fees in half for productions helmed by women, and have since approved the first recipient of the program. Michelle Lovretta is the creator and showrunner for the television series Killjoys from Temple Street Productions, an original production of U.S. broadcaster Syfy and Canadian broadcaster Space. Lovretta will be filming the second season of Killjoys at TriBro Studios from December 2, 2015 – April 14, 2016.
“Through reducing studio costs, TriBro Studios aims to encourage productions lead by women in creative positions within the film and television industry,” said Peter Apostolopoulos, president of TriBro Studios. “By opening our doors to our first talented incentive participant, Michelle Lovretta, creator and showrunner of Killjoys, we believe that we have given great support to the second season of Killjoys. We hope this creates a ripple effect of change throughout the maledominated film and television industry.”
Only 7% of the largest 250 feature films of 2014 were directed by women and the number of female TV showrunners stands at less than 23%, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
“I’m so thrilled to be filming our second season at TriBro Studios,” said Michelle Lovretta, creator and showrunner for Killjoys. “It’s a rare privilege to work with a company so openly committed to making positive change within our film community.”
Killjoys is a sci-fi adventure drama series that follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters (a.k.a. Killjoys), who are sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad – a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war.
PICKERING, ON (June 22, 2015) – TriBro Studios wants to help put an end to gender inequality in North American film and television production.
The Canadian studio has launched a ground-breaking incentive program to encourage the hiring of women in leading creative positions. TriBro will cut studio fees in half for any female-helmed productions at their existing studio in Toronto and at their future studio at Durham Live in Pickering.
“TriBro Studios’ female directors initiative will help close an alarming industry gap,” said Peter Apostolopoulos, President of TriBro Studios. “We want to open our doors to brilliant and talented women. Simply put, we want more female directors and showrunners to get a green light.”
Only 7% of the largest 250 feature films of 2014 were directed by women and the number of female TV showrunners stands at less than 23%, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. TriBro Studios’ incentive program hopes to level that playing field.
Vocal champion of women’s equality in Hollywood and Academy Award nominated director, Lexi Alexander, believes the incentive program takes a huge step in helping close the gender gap. “The statistics don’t lie, we don’t have gender equality in our industry,” Alexander said. “It is pretty incredible that TriBro has created an incentive program to actually help solve this problem. Taking this kind of action is all too rare, it really is fantastic.”
TriBro Studios feels the industry wrongly seems to consider hiring women in these positions a bigger gamble. By reducing studio costs, TriBro aims to reduce that false perception of risk, and help close the existing gender gap.
The initiative was welcomed by Tracy MacCharles, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues:
“We know that women make up an integral part of our economy and society, yet inequality still exists. This new initiative will encourage female directors and showrunners, and help close this industry’s gender gap. Ontario is working to eliminate barriers women face, including developing a wage gap strategy that will close the gap between men and women in the context of the 21st century economy. We are committed to ensuring that there are equal economic opportunities for women and all Ontarians.”
Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, also endorsed the plan:
“I’m proud of Tribro Studio’s leadership in creating new opportunities for women in film here in Ontario. Initiatives like this will showcase all of the gifted, creative women working in film and television and help demonstrate the positive impact the arts can have on our communities.”
The entertainment complex, Durham Live, has announced the addition of TriBro Studios, pairing what will be one of Canada’s biggest studios with one of Ontario’s biggest future tourist destinations.
PICKERING, ON (June 22, 2015) – Durham Live has pulled back the curtain on its plans for TriBro Studios, pairing what will be one of Canada’s biggest studios with one of Ontario’s biggest future tourist destinations.
Plans for the state-of-the-art production facilities were announced today by TriBro Studios, Durham Live and Pickering Developments.
“We envision TriBro Studios, and by extension Durham Live, as a growth engine and anchor for the region’s creative, multimedia and filmmaking community,” said Peter Apostolopoulos, President of TriBro Studios. “Our office and production space will form the epicenter of major film and television productions, drawing new, dynamic jobs to Durham Live.”
TriBro Studios adds to Durham Live’s vision of building not only a booming tourist destination, but a regional home for community stakeholders, creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses.
From production crews to big-name stars, Durham Live’s many planned amenities – from a luxury hotel to restaurants to a proposed casino – will offer productions a true home away from home.
“TriBro’s success will be Durham Live’s success – and vice-versa,” said Steve Apostolopoulos, President of Pickering Developments. “Together, they will create new opportunities for Durham Region and spur innovation, creativity and industry.”
The announcement was attended by Michael Coteau Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues; Roger Anderson, Durham Regional Chair; and David Ryan, Mayor of Pickering.
“Tribro Studios’ new investment as part of the Durham Live entertainment complex is a vote of confidence in Ontario and means good jobs and economic growth for the local community,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Ontario continues to rank among the powerhouses of the film and television sector and today’s announcement is further proof that our industry partners, like TriBro Studios, understand that Ontario is the best place to invest in and to do business with.”
TriBro Studios also announced a new initiative designed to encourage female directors and showrunners, and help close the industry’s gender gap. TriBro Studios will cut the studio fees in half for any productions with a female at the helm at their existing studio in Toronto and at their future studio in Pickering.
About TriBro Studios
TriBro Studios is Toronto’s newest film studio with over 70,000 square feet of production space perfectly situated in Toronto’s East York Borough. TriBro has announced plans for a second location at the Durham Live entertainment complex in Pickering, ON.
About Durham Live
Durham Live will create the ultimate entertainment experience in Pickering with a world class luxury hotel and casino, waterpark, designer shops, outdoor amphitheatre, restaurants and film studios — a drivable, walkable and transit-oriented destination.
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