From a media launch:

Aeon Studio Group (ASG) introduced immediately a plan to construct Hamilton, Ontario into a world hub for movie, tv, and digital media manufacturing.

The cornerstone of the plan is the Hamilton Studio District, a live-work-play improvement that can embrace:

  • Movie and tv manufacturing campus with purpose-built trendy soundstages, manufacturing workplaces, assist services, backlot
  • Different studios for post-production, animation, visible results, recreation improvement, music
  • Crew coaching facility, HQ for the native expertise pool and job creation effort
  • Workplace buildings for movie trade suppliers, and media, digital and tech corporations
  • Collaborative, inexpensive and artistic workspaces geared in direction of the enrichment of the creative and artistic trade neighborhood
  • Residential/retail area, together with two residential towers, and public open area that’s pedestrian oriented and offers neighborhood connectivity

ASG, by way of its affiliate Hamilton Studios Ltd., and the Metropolis of Hamilton have signed a Metropolis Council ratified memorandum of understanding that lays out the enterprise framework for the acquisition and sale of the Metropolis-owned Barton-Tiffany lands, that are situated by the intersection of Barton Avenue West and Tiffany Avenue, and abutting the brand new West Harbour Go Prepare station close to the bay in Central Hamilton.

ASG accomplice Mike Bruce instructed media trade stakeholders at a press convention immediately that “Hamilton is the proper place for a manufacturing hub within the west-end of the Higher Toronto Space due to its proximity to various filming places, thriving arts and tradition workforce, restricted visitors congestion and since productions that movie there qualify for extra provincial tax credit.”

“This movie and manufacturing hub will create high-value, high-paying jobs for folks within the movie trade proper right here in Hamilton,” stated Mayor Fred Eisenberger.  “It’ll see the rejuvenation of a brown subject situated within the coronary heart of our Metropolis, and see this space reworked into a good looking, campus-like atmosphere, absolutely accessible to the neighborhood and conveniently situated subsequent to the West Harbour GO station and close to our future LRT.”

The Hamilton Studio District shall be designed according to the Metropolis’s financial plan for the Barton-Tiffany lands space.

“This can be a win-win for the neighborhood,” stated Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr. “Not solely are we getting a brand new funding value a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars}, however we shall be remediating a former industrial website that has sat vacant for years.  Unbelievable information for this space!”

At present’s announcement is the results of the shared imaginative and prescient and arduous work of a coalition that features Hamilton Metropolis Council, NABET 700-M UNIFOR, the Director’s Guild of Canada – Ontario, Mohawk School, McMaster College, Workforce Planning Hamilton, Ontario Creates, Interactive Ontario, and the Authorities of Ontario Ministry of Financial Growth, Job Creation and Commerce, amongst others.

The ASG plan will contribute to the prevailing dynamism and rejuvenation underway in Hamilton. It’ll clear up and develop the Barton-Tiffany lands and add new vitality to the West Harbour space. And it’ll create a whole lot of native development jobs and 1000’s of native jobs within the media, digital, and supporting industries. To that finish, ASG and its coalition companions are working to construct a pipeline of expertise from native faculties into full membership within the trade unions.

“Inventive industries are very a lot one among our key focuses in Hamilton and this funding means new jobs, new taxes and new deal with this metropolis,” stated Hamilton Financial Growth Director Glen Norton. “We stay up for finalizing this buy settlement and begin the event course of as quickly as potential.”

ASG plans to construct 500,000 sq. ft of stage area in Hamilton, the primary 150,000 of which shall be operational inside a 12 months.

About Aeon Studio Group (ASG)
ASG is developer and operator of movie & tv studios and associated areas. Its principals are Robbie David, Mike Bruce, Jeff Anders, Phil Lefko, Stephany Mandin and Mark Sakamoto.