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Some of the productions cited in the profile of Calgary are a bit out of date. FX’s Fargo, for instance, moved production to Chicago for its fourth season and hasn’t filmed in the city since early 2017. Ghostbusters: Afterlife wrapped in the fall of 2019. Still, the recognition seems to confirm that the international film and television industry is taking notice of Calgary as a filmmaking city
For Luke Azevedo, commissioner of film, television and creative industries for Calgary Economic Development, it is recognition of a potential that has been here for a long time.
“In my opinion, and I think the opinion of most people who work in this industry in the province, none of this is new,” Azevedo said. “These things don’t happen as acts of God. This is thousands of people working consistently to get the reputation that we have and to give us the opportunity to be considered, at a global level, one of the locations of choice that people are going to look to to get their projects done.”
Already this year, three major television series have been greenlit for Calgary. A reboot of Fraggle Rock began filming at the Calgary Film Centre this week. Guilty Party, a CBS series starring actress Kate Beckinsale, and Paramount Television’s Joe Pickett, an action series based on the novels by C.J. Box, have also been confirmed to begin production this year in Calgary.
Azevedo says there are indications that this is just the tip of the iceberg.