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Netflix secures half a million square feet of Lower Mainland studio space

The streaming giant’s latest real estate move signals a long-term plan to continue to film its original content in and around the Lower Mainland.
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A production crew in Ladner.

Netflix is here to stay (for five years at least).

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has secured leases at a few different studios in the Lower Mainland.

That includes eight sound stages at Langley’s Martini Studio (which is currently undergoing a significant expansion) and four sound stages at MSB Northbrook which, alongside its seven sound stages at Canadian Motion Picture Bank, makes for significant real estate footprint.

In total, Netflix has locked up around 500,000 square feet of space, but it’s not all for movie magic. Room for support staff and office space is also tied into these production facilities.

The world’s top streaming platform has long relied on B.C. as one of its most consistent filming outposts, with original programming like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Maid, Brazen, The Christmas Chronicles, To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Always Be My Maybe taking over locations all over the province to sub in for cities like San Francisco, Portland and Chicago.

Released in mid-March, The Adam Project cracked Netflix’s top 10 most viewed filmed in just a few weeks (it’s one of three Ryan Reynolds films to make the top 10, alongside Red Notice and 6 Underground).

Currently, the upcoming workplace comedy Blockbuster has been spotted filming in Kitsilano, and the second season of Firefly Lane, season four of Virgin River and limited series The Night Agent are in production.