CBS Unveils Plans for Canadian TV, Film Production Studio

CBS said Wednesday that it has secured a long-term lease on a 260,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada for a new TV and film product studio -- dubbed “CBS Stages Canada” -- that it plans to officially unveil by the middle of next year.

The new multi-use production facility, located 18-miles from downtown Toronto, will include six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production. The new facility also will provide additional production space for CBS Television Studios’ expanding roster of television programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Currently, the Studio produces 63 series, including shows for the CBS Television Network, The CW, the CBS All Access streaming service and for networks and platforms outside of CBS.

“CBS has a strong production history in Canada,” CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said in a statement. “The Toronto area specifically has provided our series with diverse and appealing locations as well as production infrastructure and crafts expertise that cannot be easily found. These new stages will provide valuable resources and additional capacity for our Company’s growing production slate.”

CBS expects the new studio to bring in hundreds of new jobs, through construction, ongoing facility management, production and crafts and is currently working with local and provincial officials to secure permits and drawing up architectural plans for the project, expected to open in mid-2019. Toronto-based production executives John Weber and Frank Siracusa (executive producers on CBS Television Studios’ Star Trek: Discovery) will oversee the development of the project and ongoing management of the production facility.

Currently, CBS Television Studios shoots Star Trek: Discovery and In the Dark in Toronto, in addition to several other productions in Canada, including the reboot of Charmed.