Statement from Mayor Gregor Robertson on Lionsgate Entertainment

April 7, 2016 | Pride and LGBTTQ Rights

Mayor Gregor Robertson issued the following statement on Lionsgate entertainment's decision to move production of "Crushed" to Vancouver from North Carolina:

"Vancouver is known throughout the world for our remarkable diversity, and for being a city that is made stronger and more vibrant by our commitment to equality and acceptance for all members of our LGBTTQ community. I applaud Lionsgate’s decision to leave North Carolina in protest of a law that legitimizes discrimination, and I warmly welcome any and all productions to Vancouver who wish to do the same."

Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission's statement:

"Vancouver’s Digital Entertainment and Interactive sector, of which TV and film production is a huge part, is extremely important to the continued growth and resilience of our economy. Vancouver is proud to be the third largest film production centre in North America and the largest cluster of visual effects and animation companies globally, with top talent, spectacular locations, and one of the lowest costs of doing business on the continent."

The City is a strong supporter of film production in Vancouver, and works with industry to provide access to the city’s variety of unique filming locations. Film activity in 2015 posted a 40 per cent increase over 2014 with 353 productions filmed, for a total of 1518 total film days.