Gemma Martini, Founder and CEO of Martini Film Studios, has announced plans to build a new 600,000 sq. ft. facility in Langley (Langley Advance Times file photo)

Langley studio announces plans to build new 600,000 sq. ft. production centre

Proposal would make Martini Studios biggest production facility in Lower Mainland

Martini Film Studios wants to build a new 600,000 sq. ft. facility in Langley that, combined with its existing Walnut Grove facilities, would make the Langley company the largest studio operator in Metro Vancouver.

Martini Film Studios founder and CEO Gemma Martini made the announcement Saturday (Sept. 7).

“We’ve enjoyed phenomenal support from our industry partners and the entertainment community since launching Martini Film Studios,” Martini said.

“It’s been an incredible experience. Space is in huge demand, and with the industry thriving and the growth potential for the film and television business across all of B.C., we’re proud to expand our services for the sector.”

As proposed, the project would feature over 600,000 square feet of purpose-built soundstages, offices and production support buildings built across more than 25 acres in Langley, in a business park planned for the Willoughby side of the new 216 Street overpass.

A press release from Martini noted Metro Vancouver is home to approximately two million sq. ft. of soundstage space, and the Martini Film Studios’ new campus will add at least 300,000 more.

It will more than triple the studio capacity and make Martini “the largest provider of film studio facilities in the Lower Mainland,” the statement said.

Currently, the project is “undergoing design and planning based on industry and client consultation.

Martini Film Studios opened 250,000 square feet of combined studio facilities two years ago in a former window manufacturing site at 19714 96 Ave, with eight stages that can handle filming three TV series or features at the same time.

Current productions filming at Martini Film Studios include Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Warner Bros./Netflix), Another Life (Netflix), and Snowpiercer (TBS).

The added space will be welcome news to producers searching for space, according to Justis Greene, Producer, of Another Life; The Order and TRON: LEGACY.

“The Vancouver industry has never felt busier, or more crowded,” Greene observed.

“Although producers are practiced at stowing productions in unusual crannies, and at converting underused space, feature projects and series are known to make decisions hinging on whether there are suitable soundstages available to facilitate their show. If you don’t have the factory, you won’t get the product.”

READ MORE: Filmmakers flock to Langley, now second only to Vancouver for productions

READ MORE: Film studio complex opens in Walnut Grove

Langley is the number two filming location in all of B.C., second only to Vancouver.

Last year, 1,788 days of filming took place in Langley, about 500 less than the number of days that took place in the City of Vancouver.

At the August dinner meeting of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC, and Film Commissioner Marnie Orr talked about the economic impact filming is having in the province in general and Langley in particular.

“Does anybody want to build a studio, because we could use another studio!” Gill joked during a Q&A.

– with files from Matthew Claxton

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Just Posted

UPDATED: Police looking at other collisions linked to impaired driver who allegedly struck Langley 12-year-old

One of two Friday hit-and-runs the driver is believed to be part of, Langley police say

Burnouts stressing out Langley’s Cruise-In board

A board member said the charity car show can’t allow burnouts for safety reasons

Langley land owned by man dead since 1922 needed for pipeline

Trans Mountain is looking for heirs so it can gain access to 500 square feet of land

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

Guilty plea in Lower Mainland break-and-enter spree

Gordon Vincent Gladstone, 42, was charged with 12 counts relating to a dozen incidents in late 2018

Vancouver police officer hit with bear spray mid-arrest

Officer had been trying to arrest a woman wanted province-wide

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

Chilliwack’s Belle Voci brings three-day a cappella festival to Fraser Valley

Singers will learn from two of Lower Mainland’s best music leaders at Belle Voci A Cappella Festival

Most Read