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The Province of Ontario has some of the most generous tax incentives in the world for the media and digital media industries. Funds for most programs are administered through Ontario Creates.
Our team can arrange meetings to discuss program options, including:
Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.
UNIS Technology, a Markham-based company, helped an Atari Pong® coffee table go from a kickstarter campaign in Uruguay struggling to get off the ground, to an amazing product.
The iconic video game – originally developed in 1972, has been transformed from a TV-based videogame to a standalone artificial intelligence driven coffee table game.
The game allows you to play against the computer if you wanted to play with just one person.
The Atari Pong® Tables are considered the “best new electronic table game to hit the market since Air Hockey!” - UNIS Technology
All of the Toronto Region’s 18 postsecondary institutions have Film/TV production, Computer Engineering, Digital Media or Creative Arts programs within their faculties. Some of the top institutions include, Sheridan, Ryerson University, Seneca and the University of Toronto.
Many Toronto-based companies are internationally renowned as suppliers of incredible animation (both 3-D and 2-D and cutting-edge visual and special effects). Find concept artists, 2-D/3-D artists, animators, modellers, texture artists, technical and computer graphic artists, game programmers, designers, and producers, along with programmers specializing in graphics, physics, sound and online applications. In addition, you’ll find a variety of talented musicians and sound engineers here.
A year after it was first announced, CBS has officially opened its brand new film and television studios in Mississauga.
The massive 260,000 square-foot production facility is said to include six soundstages, production offices, support facilities, and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.
CBS has a strong production history in Canada. 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.
Durham Live (DLive) will soon welcome TriBro Studios, the first purpose-built Studio District in Durham Region.
The world class mega stages, will utilize 15 acres and offers everything one would expect from a film studio lot – stages, production offices, workshops, hair and makeup, props, wardrobe, catering and much more.
The world’s top global game developers call Toronto Region home, including Ubisoft, Gameloft, Certain Affinity, Zynga, and Rockstar, to name a few.
Rockstar Games’s Oakville (Halton Region) office has 80 employees, and has co-produced titles such as Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3.
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Certain Affinity, the developer behind Call of Duty and Halo, recently opened its second North American development location in Toronto. The new Toronto location will support its Austin, Texas studio in developing an ambitious original title, along with an original IP game, Last Expedition.
Big Viking Games is the largest independent mobile and social game studio in Canada and a pioneer in mobile HTML5 games. With 90 Toronto-based employees, is has produced games such as YoWorld, FishWorld, and Galatron.
Gameloft is a global leader in the development and publishing of mobile games, and has over 100 Toronto-based employees.
French gaming pioneer Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry) has over 600 people working out of its groundbreaking Toronto studio. Ubisoft Toronto has worked closely with counterparts at their Montreal studio to launch Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Zynga, an American social game developer running social video game services opened a Toronto office in 2015 and now has 70+ employees.
Canadian-based Uken Games focuses on cross-platform social and mobile games for iOS and Android. Titles include Bingo Pop, Titans, and Jeopardy! World Tour.
Studio MDHR is an independent video game company founded by brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. In 2017, Studio MDHR launched Cuphead on Xbox One and PC to commercial and critical acclaim. Their office is based in Oakville (Halton Region).
Capybara Games is behind indie gems such as Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Critter Crunch and Super Time Force, and has just released the highly anticipated Below.
Recently acquired by Hasbro (via Toronto’s Entertainment One), Secret Location is a content studio for emerging platforms. Its Sleepy Hollow: VR Experience project for FOX was honoured with a 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.
Quantum Capture specializes in creating AI-powered virtual humans. Their CTRL Human application features photo-real, interactive avatars capable of two-way conversation and dynamic body gestures. Customers include Ubisoft, Warner Bros., and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Founded in San Francisco, LumiereVR has produced VR experiences in the U.S, China, and Canada, and is building VR theatres in major venues like Madison Square Garden. The company is working to grow their “killer tech team” in Toronto.
Magic Leap, a leading spatial computing technology company, is expanding to Toronto to tap into the region’s growing tech talent pool. The company plans to hire over 100 people within the first year.
Geogram is a mobile augmented reality platform to help brands, agencies, and media companies engage mobile users. The company is founded by mobile AR/VR industry veterans Srinivas Krishna and Dan Mills.
ModiFace creates augmented tech for beauty brands by allowing customers to apply virtual makeup to real-time mirror images of their faces, then buy the products that look best. The company was recently acquired by L’Oréal.
Occupied is a full-service XR production house working to push the limits of immersive technology. Occupied has developed their own custom pipelines that combine the disciplines of Photogrammetry, Videogrammetry, Game Design, App Development, and Cinematic 360˚ Filmmaking.
Established in 2010, Ubisoft Toronto is a growing and diverse team on a collective mission to create what’s next in AAA open world games. The studio recently shipped Far Cry 5.
At E3 2017, Ubisoft Toronto announced its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, an all-new, action-adventure game where players assemble customizable controller-mounted starships and launch into epic, interplanetary adventures. The studio shipped its first lead production, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, to critical acclaim in 2013 and has contributed to multiple award-winning Ubisoft brands including: Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and For Honor.
The Toronto studio builds on the city's existing experience with the film production industry. Collaborating with local film industry veterans to enhance video game production and extend Ubisoft's convergence strategy, Ubisoft Toronto contributes to Ubisoft's global plan of extending its brands to complementary platforms and mediums, including books, comics, short films and other products.
Toronto’s unique pool of experienced video game industry and film industry talent will allow us to develop a team with exceptional ability to help us realize our goals for creating brands with universal appeal that extend beyond the world of video games.