Skydance Media is committing to British Columbia after revealing it’s opening a production office just outside of Vancouver.
The company founded by David Ellison six years ago, has helped produce 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and the upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond.” Skydance will take over the former printing press building of the Pacific Newspaper Group, according to The Georgia Straight.
Pacific Newspaper is owned by Toronto-based Postmedia Network Canada Corp., which publishes The Vancouver Sun. In fact, theSun was printed at the 170,000-square-foot facility between 1997 and the plant’s closure in 2015. When Pacific Newspaper decided to outsource newspaper production, more than 200 people at the printing plant lost their jobs, according to The Now.
The new facility is located on 88th Street in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, a little more than a mile east of the Fraser River and Annacis Island. Surrey was founded in 1879, but didn’t become a city until 1993. It boasts a population of a little more than 508,000 people.
Linda Hepner, the city’s mayor, announced the Skydance move Thursday during a “state of the city” speech. She also said the facility will accommodate up to five soundstages and could employ 400 people.