The city spent another $3.5 million buying land for a hoped-for film studio during the pandemic to help keep the Hollywood North dream alive in the west harbour.
That ambitious plan — to turn 14 acres of city-owned land into a massive TV and film production hub — has run into COVID delays. But both the city and its film industry partner says progress continues behind the scenes.
“We’re in pretty deep at this point and definitely not looking back,” said Jeff Anders, a partner in the AEON Studio Group that agreed in principle last year to buy and redevelop the infamous Barton-Tiffany properties originally bulldozed for a failed football stadium plan.
“Our mission as a company is unchanged, and that is to build Hamilton into a destination for film and TV production.”
The city and AEON Studio Group trumpeted those plans at a thematic June 2019 news conference that