Fade to Black in Canada’s Film Work

The Panavision delivery truck packing up camera equipment at the end of a “West Wing” shoot may be the last action that the Toronto Film Studios see for a while.
“After the holidays, it’s going to be pretty quiet,” said Kenneth W. Ferguson, the studio’s president.
The rise of Canada, in particular Toronto, as a production site for Hollywood films and television series has long been a political issue in Hollywood and elsewhere in the United States. But a variety of factors, led by the soaring value of the Canadian dollar, have given Canada a runaway film production problem of its own. The Canadian dollar had hovered in the range of about 65 United States cents from the late 1990’s to early 2003, when it began to rise to its present value, 81 cents, an increase of almost 25 percent.

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