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Strong year for B.C. film and tv industry, despite slight drop in spending

British Columbia's Film Commission says 2010 was a strong year for the province's film and television production industry, despite figures that show an overall drop in spending from 2009. A total of 246 productions were shot in B.C. last year - a slight increase from 2009 - but overall spending fell from $1.3-billion in 2009 to just over $1-billion in 2010.

But there was a significant increase in television series production in 2010. At $512-million, TV series accounted for more than half the total spent on production last year, an increase of $74-million from 2009. Among the TV series shot in B.C. in 2010 were the U.S. cheerleading comedy Hellcats, Brent Butt's Hiccups and the new YTV sitcom Mr. Young.

Sixty-nine feature films - 36 foreign, 33 domestic - were shot in B.C. last year, including the competitive bird-watching film The Big Year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson; Caesar: Rise of the Apes starring James Franco, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, based on the popular youth book series.

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Domestic production spending in B.C. increased from $218-million in 2009 to $244-million last year.

Among the productions currently shooting or about to begin production in the Vancouver area are the Tom Cruise vehicle Mission: Impossible 4, the next film in The Twilight Saga, and Ansiedad starring Eva Mendes.

Red Riding Hood, which opens on Friday, was shot in B.C.

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Western Arts Correspondent

Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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