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Cinespace selected through Request for Proposal Process to develop PortsToronto’s Second Marine Terminal Building

TORONTO /PRNewswire/ — Cinespace Studios (Cinespace), a global platform of production facilities, announced today the expansion of its Marine Terminal Studio Hub with the signing of a second long-term lease with PortsToronto. The lease comes at the conclusion of an open, multi-year Request for Interest (RFI) process and a subsequent Request for Proposal process that commenced in 2019. Located in Toronto’s Port Lands, the redevelopment of Marine Terminal 52 will create three production stages and support spaces totaling 130,000 square feet to welcome world-class productions in 2023. Global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler has been selected to design the studio. 

Rendering courtesy of Gensler.

Cinespace is the largest studio facility in Toronto with 1.3 million square feet of production space totaling 25 stages over three sites. This upcoming expansion in the heart of the city’s Studio District follows Cinespace’s successful development of Marine Terminal 51, which currently hosts Netflix’s production hub and was recently the home to Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The redevelopment of the site will create over 300 new jobs in Toronto and continues to support the infrastructure in Ontario that generates more than 48,000 jobs per year and $2.88B in direct spend.

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“We are proud to continue our investment in Toronto that started over 30 years ago. It’s a privilege to partner with PortsToronto again and be selected to develop Terminal 52 into a second facility that will meet the increased demand for production infrastructure,” said Ashley Rice, President and Co-Managing Partner, Cinespace Studios. “The Marine Terminal Studio Hub is an integral part of the Port Lands’ revitalization and its future as a creative center for the city and the province.”

“Our goal for this development was to identify opportunities to develop the existing land and deliver maximum benefit in the area, including greater support for the growing employment district that has emerged in the Port Lands. Cinespace Studios’ development allow for the area to remain consistent with the activities of a successful and operational port, as this remains PortsToronto’s single priority in the area given the economic impact of the port for both commercial shipping and cruise ship operations,” said RJ Steenstra, President and Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto.

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The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario commented: “Ontario is open for business, and with the ongoing commitment of key players like Cinespace Studios, our economy will continue to grow. Last year, Ontario saw $2.88 billion spent on production here in the province, which was the highest amount in our history. Going forward, we remain fully committed to growing the industry and creating the conditions for thousands more production jobs to be filled by Ontario’s skilled workers.”

Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto continued: “The film and television production industry in Toronto is important to the local economy, the creation of jobs, and the culture of our city. I am pleased that PortsToronto and Cinespace will be expanding their already successful infrastructure in the Port Lands by creating a second studio space for productions to use. Toronto’s screen industries have experienced a period of significant growth and investment over the last decade, and we know that there has been a real need for even more studio space. This project will not only help us attract more projects and more people to our city but as a result add more jobs which is good for our city and good for the economy.”

Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher, said: “I have long been an advocate for the importance of this industry and the associated benefits that come from having a strong media and cultural sector in the City of Toronto. The partnership between PortsToronto and Cinespace has already yielded a successful studio in the former Marine Terminal 51, that has since become a hub for Netflix. I look forward to the development of a second studio space in the Marine Terminal 52, and the related streetscape improvements, economic impacts, and jobs that result from investment in this important industry.”

Angela Mastronardi, President, IATSE 873, said: “We congratulate Cinespace Studios on their expansion with PortsToronto in the Studio District. This new studio infrastructure is a welcome addition to the city that will bring an increase in productions and, in turn, opportunities for our skilled motion picture technicians.”

Cinespace Toronto is home to productions that include AMC Networks’ upcoming Beacon 23, WBTV’s Titans, MGM TV/Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Sony Pictures TV’s Accused, MGM’s Flint Strong, UCP’s The Umbrella Academy and Netflix’s upcoming collection of sinister stories Cabinet of Curiosities.

About Cinespace Studios

Cinespace Studios is a best-in-class global platform of production facilities that supports content providers and their creatives. The platform is one of the largest sound stage operators globally with locations in Chicago, Toronto, and Studio Babelsberg in Germany. Cinespace Studios delivers the highest level of service while increasing the quality of the overall production experience and nurtures its local communities to support workforce development and crew diversity.

About PortsToronto

For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed approximately 2.8 million passengers in 2019; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a board with representation from all three levels of government.

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Exciting News Recap: Space Milestones, High-Speed Rail Progress, Transit Safety, and Entertainment Updates




Welcome back to another episode of the STM Daily News podcast! In this action-packed episode, we bring you a thrilling recap of the week’s most exciting news stories from the realms of space exploration, high-speed rail, transit safety, and entertainment. Join us as we delve into the latest updates and achievements in these fascinating areas.

  1. Space Milestones:
    The week witnessed significant milestones in space exploration. Boeing successfully launched their Starliner spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams to the International Space Station. This marks a momentous step forward in the validation of Boeing’s crew transportation system. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expressed his overwhelming excitement, emphasizing that Boeing’s Starliner heralds a new chapter in American exploration. https://stmdailynews.com/liftoff-nasa-astronauts-pilot-first-starliner-crewed-test-to-station/

Simultaneously, SpaceX’s Starship rocket achieved a mostly reusable status, reaching impressive heights. Despite a few challenges faced during the mission, including an unplanned roll of the upper stage and engine shutdowns, SpaceX has identified the issues and is diligently working on enhancements for future flights. Elon Musk even teased a remarkable milestone for Flight 5 – catching the Super Heavy Booster using the launch tower’s “chopsticks.” These developments underline the remarkable progress being made in the world of space travel. https://stmdailynews.com/spacex-aims-for-stellar-reentry-ensuring-safety-of-starship-megarocket-for-a-successful-launch/

  1. High-Speed Rail Progress:
    The world of high-speed rail has also witnessed exciting advancements. In California, the ambitious California High-Speed Rail project has reached several critical milestones. Since 2015, over 13,000 construction jobs have been created, with the majority going to residents of California’s Central Valley. These jobs have injected economic vitality into communities across the region. Furthermore, the San Joaquin River Viaduct, a major construction project, is nearing completion, ready to accommodate high-speed trains. Although there is still work to be done and the project requires federal support to complete the system, California is at the forefront of developing high-speed and regional rail. https://stmdailynews.com/putting-jobs-first-california-high-speed-rail-crosses-13000-construction-jobs-milestone/

Meanwhile, Brightline West has embarked on constructing America’s first true high-speed rail system, connecting Las Vegas to Southern California. This monumental project covers a distance of 218 miles and will feature fully electric, zero-emission trains capable of reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour. With significant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, this project exemplifies the commitment to investing in sustainable transportation solutions. The groundbreaking event garnered attention from esteemed officials and public figures, emphasizing the significance of this project. https://stmdailynews.com/connecting-las-vegas-to-southern-california-brightline-west-breaks-ground-on-americas-first-high-speed-rail-project/

  1. Transit Safety:
    Switching gears to transit safety, recent concerns in Los Angeles have prompted city leaders to address escalating violence on buses and trains. To tackle these issues, a surge in law enforcement personnel has been announced. However, there is a debate on the effectiveness of relying solely on armed officers. While violent crime rates have decreased, crimes such as trespassing and drug use have increased. Transit advocates propose alternative solutions, including the increased use of unarmed transit ambassadors and community-based programs addressing the root causes of crime. Striking the right balance between addressing public perception and tackling actual crime statistics is imperative in confronting this complex issue. https://stmdailynews.com/exploring-the-debate-is-a-policing-surge-the-answer-to-l-a-s-transit-safety-concerns/
  2. Exciting Entertainment Updates:
    In the realm of entertainment, we have thrilling updates to share. The indie feature film ‘INHERITANCE’ is gearing up for its world premiere at the esteemed Dances With Films festival. Directed by Emily Moss Wilson and written by Rachel Noll James, this female-driven drama is set to captivate audiences with its compelling story and stellar performances. It serves as a testament to the power of perseverance in independent filmmaking. https://stmdailynews.com/title-inheritance-the-captivating-journey-of-an-indie-feature-set-to-premiere-at-dances-with-films/

Additionally, Nickelodeon has announced the nominations for its annual slime-filled Kids’ Choice Awards. With over 50 first-time nominees, the show is set to be hosted by the beloved characters SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. Viewers can expect enhanced graphics, fun celebrity collaborations, and, of course, epic slimings. https://stmdailynews.com/nickelodeon-kids-choice-awards-2024-nominations-announced-with-over-50-first-time-nods/

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‘INHERITANCE’: The Captivating Journey of an Indie Feature Set to Premiere at Dances With Films



A Female-Led, Written, and Produced Film That Culminates After a Decade-Long Journey

"INHERITANCE" alt text: Two sisters embrace each other against a backdrop of autumn leaves, symbolizing their emotional journey towards forgiveness and uncovering family secrets in the female-led indie feature film.
Actresses Rachel Noll James and Austin Highsmith Garces, and actor Wes Brown in INHERITANCE.

The anticipation builds as the indie feature film ‘INHERITANCE’, directed by Emily Moss Wilson, prepares for its world premiere at the renowned Dances With Films festival. With a compelling screenplay penned by Rachel Noll James, this female-driven drama boasts stellar performances by Austin Highsmith Garces and Rachel Noll James themselves, as the two sisters at the core of the story. Produced by a dynamic team including Sienna Beckman, Noll James, Highsmith Garces, and Moss Wilson, ‘INHERITANCE’ promises to leave an indelible mark on the audience.

Setting the stage for the festival, ‘INHERITANCE’ will open the feature competition at Dances With Films on Friday, June 21, at 7:15 PM in the TCL Chinese 6 Theater. This momentous occasion will be further elevated by the presence of the director, cast, and crew, who will participate in a Q&A session, providing a unique insight into the film’s creation.

Watch the captivating trailer for ‘INHERITANCE’ here: [Insert trailer hyperlink]

‘INHERITANCE’ expertly navigates the emotionally charged journey of two estranged sisters, who find themselves reunited following the passing of their father. As they confront buried family secrets, their paths toward forgiveness and self-discovery take unexpected turns. The ensemble cast is bolstered by notable actresses Michelle Hurd and Cynthia Geary, along with Wes Brown, Chris Mulkey, and Brian McNamara, who deliver compelling supporting performances.

The arduous path to bring ‘INHERITANCE’ to the big screen spans a decade, with director Emily Moss Wilson, writer Rachel Noll James, and actress Austin Highsmith Garces facing significant obstacles. One particularly daunting challenge was the industry-wide work stoppage, the largest in over 60 years. Nevertheless, their unwavering commitment paved the way for ‘INHERITANCE’ to proceed, as they secured an interim agreement from SAG-AFTRA just weeks before production was set to begin on Bainbridge Island, WA.

“The work stoppage shed a bright light on the importance of indie film within our industry,” emphasized director Emily Moss Wilson, recognizing the resilience of independent filmmaking.

Reflecting on the tumultuous journey, writer and actress Rachel Noll James added, “The timing of this production turned out to be a blessing, attracting a stellar supporting cast that elevated the film’s depth and impact.”

In its essence, ‘INHERITANCE’ serves as a testament to the power of women supporting women, the strength of perseverance, and the unyielding spirit of independent filmmaking. It represents the second narrative feature from Emergence Films, a US and UK-based production company with a strong focus on empowering female voices, co-founded by Rachel Noll James and Sienna Beckman.

For more information about the film, visit:

Official Website: www.EmergenceFilms.us/Inheritance

Instagram: www.instagram.com/inheritancefilm2024

Facebook: www.facebook.com/InheritanceFilm2024

IMDb: www.imdb.com/title/tt4006478/

Hashtag: #InheritanceFilm2024

As the world eagerly awaits the premiere of ‘INHERITANCE’ at Dances With Films, this gripping indie feature promises to captivate audiences with its powerful performances, compelling narrative, and impressive female-led production. Witness the culmination of a decade-long journey and be prepared to be moved on June 21st, as ‘INHERITANCE’ takes center stage.

"INHERITANCE" alt text: Two sisters embrace each other against a backdrop of autumn leaves, symbolizing their emotional journey towards forgiveness and uncovering family secrets in the female-led indie feature film.
Actress Rachel Noll James in INHERITANCE.

Source: Emergence Films

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Webber Marketing Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the National Battle of the Bands with Exclusive Film Releases on YouTube



CHARLOTTE, N.C /PRNewswire/ — To salute ten years of showcasing the dynamism of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands, Webber Marketing (WM), creators of the National Battle of the Bands (NBOTB), is set to release the first three films from the NBOTB series on YouTube, presented by Pepsi. This move is designed to provide fans with open access to these pivotal documentaries, reflecting on the influence and legacy of HBCU marching bands.

National Battle of the Bands films premiere on YouTube in honor of 10th Anniversary Celebration

The inaugural film, “A Salute to HBCU Marching Bands,” which first aired in 2021, will be made available on YouTube on Friday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. EST. The subsequent releases— “A Salute to the Battle,” first shown in 2022, and “The Road to Houston: Preparing to Battle,” from 2023—will follow suit on May 3 and May 10, respectively, each premiering at 8:00 p.m. EST. Moreover, the most recent installment, “The Legacy of HBCU Marching Bands,” aired this past February and will be celebrated again in June during Black Music Month, syndicated across over 50 markets. Dates and locations for this re-airing will be forthcoming on NationalBattleoftheBands.com/salute.

The annual musical showcase was created to amplify the visibility of HBCU marching bands, highlight the band members’ talent, and the significance of the band culture at HBCUs and across the country. The NBOTB aids in scholarships for those participating colleges and universities in support of its mission to showcase the role bands play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders.

Reflecting on the film series, Derek Webber, CEO of Webber Marketing and Founder of the National Battle of the Bands, states, “These films are more than just retrospectives; they’re a celebration of the enduring spirit and evolving journey of HBCU marching bands. From their storied past to their dynamic present and into their bright future, we’re honoring the cultural bedrock these bands represent. Making these films accessible on YouTube allows us to extend their reach, ensuring that the beat goes on for anyone who has yet to experience their power.” 

The documentary series offers an inside look at the storied traditions, preparation, and influence of HBCU marching bands and their representation of the African American community. Band members, directors, and other notable figures share their unique stories and experiences in the band, as they have been a long-standing tradition and a staple at HBCUs.

To discover more about the National Battle of the Bands, its film series, and related events, visit www.nationalbattleofthebands.com. Stay in rhythm with updates and announcements on social media by following @NationalBattleOfTheBands (Facebook/Instagram/TikTok/YouTube) and @NationalBOTB (Twitter).

About National Battle of the Bands: 
The National Battle of the Bands’ (NBOTB) mission is to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), their marching bands, and their roles in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. The musical showcase, hosted in collaboration between Webber Marketing and the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, occurs annually in Houston, TX, at NRG stadium. Event organizers have generated over $1.3 million in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. www.nationalbattleofthebands.com

About Webber Marketing and Consulting
Webber Marketing & Consulting (WMC), LLC is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the largest marketing agency of record for HBCUs specializing in strategic outreach program development, on-site event execution, experiential marketing, and media. WMC provides its clients with focused programs that deliver measurable results, improve market position, and build for future successes. www.webbermarketing.net

SOURCE Webber Marketing


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