Bell Media has picked up a minority stake in Montreal-based Grandé Studios to drive the creation of French-language content in Québec.
The studio provides production facilities, camera and lighting equipment rentals in Montreal and Toronto, and technical services to the local and international TV and film production industry. It has already been used on Bell Media productions such as Transplant, La Semaine des 4 Julie and The Song of Names, as well as a range of Hollywood movies.
“When we started out, Andrew Lapierre, Mitsou Gélinas, Paul Hurteau and I dreamed of one day having a complete service offering that would rival with the big ones and the construction of Grandé Studios was a crucial step in achieving this vision,” said Iohann Martin, president of Grandé Studios. “This partnership with Bell Media is a source of pride. Together, we are committed to contributing to the influence of creators here and across the country.”
“This partnership accelerates Bell Media’s ongoing commitment to the Québec economy and increases our ability to help bring more Québécois content to market,” said Karine Moses, Bell’s vice chair for Québec and president of Bell Media Québec. “With their real estate, Grandé Studios has the opportunity to meet the increased demand for production facilities in Montréal, and we look forward to working with creators to increase the number of productions in the city.”