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Okanagan’s first film studio a big break for local industry

It’s being hailed as the next step for the Okanagan film industry. A former Vernon factory is being transformed into the region’s first film studio.

The new space paves the way for bigger productions to shoot exclusively in the Okanagan, a development that could mean more steady local work for those in the industry.

Tim Bieber, the entrepreneur behind the project, is betting the film industry will really start to take off in the region.

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Roundhouse Radio - Business In Vancouver Show Interviews Tim Bieber of Okanagan Studios

Live on the show today is Okanagan Studios general manager Tim Bieber here to let us know more about BC’s newest film studio to open.

We will pick his brain on what this means for the BC film industry and it’s ability to scale.  Vancouver is busting at the seems for production space so anywhere there can be dedicated production space outside of the lower mainland is a great thing for the industry and its sustainability.  Listen to the full interview from the 12 minute marker.

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Okanagan Studios officially opens its doors after repurposing renovations complete

With studio space in B.C. at a premium, general manager Tim Bieber is confident the new 50,000 square-foot facility will be filled after Christmas.

British Columbia’s newest full service film production studio and a first for the Okanagan.

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New Okanagan film studio hopes to draw more business to Interior

The owner of Okanagan Studios says that B.C.’s Interior offers a range of filming locations — and it’s cheaper than Vancouver

He built it — now an Okanagan entrepreneur hopes they will come.   “A lot of the locations that these films are looking for are not just the urban environment of downtown Vancouver,” said Tim Bieber, an entrepreneur who recently opened what he calls the Okanagan’s first full-service film studio.

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Okanagan Studios announces the opening of Okanagan’s first full service film & television studio

Vernon BC, November 22, 2016. Construction complete, providing 50,000 square feet of specialized production space including multiple stages, furnished production offices and ample parking on a dedicated 4-acre lot

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CBC.ca

Regina-based filmmaker taking crew to Okanagan Valley, B.C.

‘The Recall’ is a Saskatchewan-B.C. co-production

A Regina-based film company is taking its next production out to the Okanagan Valley in B.C., and it stars one of Hollywood’s classic ’90s action heroes, Wesley Snipes.

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GlobalNews.ca

Teen vampire movie filming in the Okanagan as Hollywood North migrates east

The north Okanagan is playing the role of Napa, California in a teen vampire movie being shot entirely in the area.

Drink Slay Love is one of an increasing number of productions being drawn to the Okanagan.

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PlayBackOnline.ca

B.C.’s Okanagan finally gets a film studio

Jon Summerland’s been discussing the need for a film studio in B.C.’s Okanagan region for a long time – years by his account. Now, it seems, the Okanagan Film Commissioner finally has one.

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Castanet.net

Film booming in Okanagan

The Okanagan’s film industry is busier than ever.

Jon Summerland of the Okanagan Boundary Similkameen Film Commission said there are now three film crews around the Okanagan, with more interest pouring into the region.

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InfoNews.ca

‘Build it and they will come’: Industry believes an Okanagan film studio is its next big step

VERNON – With everything from forests to deserts, the Okanagan has no shortage of outdoor filming locations to accommodate interested production companies, the only thing missing is a professional film studio for indoor set work, industry representatives say.

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VernonMorningStar.com

North Okanagan movie scene gains traction

A Hollywood producer with North Okanagan roots is embracing the industry’s growing presence in the region.

Two films are currently being shot at a studio set up at the former Far West factory on Vernon’s Highway 6.

“I’m thrilled to see it,” said Rick Dugdale, with Enderby Entertainment, while in Finland.

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