In November, the Canadian government proposed a law, Bill C-10, which would apparently offer it greater control over the streaming companies that operate here, even requiring them to invest more in Canadian content.

More recently, Netflix also revealed plans to open an office in Canada as part of its largest spending of more than $ 2 billion on content in the country since 2017.

Now, with Disney increasing its streaming presence in Canada through the February 23 launch of Disney + Star, the international version of Hulu, the question remains: what kind of long-term investments does the company have planned for Canadian content? ?

“I’m probably not the type to talk to Bill C-10,” admitted Greg Mason, vice president of marketing for Disney Canada, in a recent interview with MobileSyrup.

“But what I’ll answer for you, to give you perspective: Disney has had offices in Canada for more than 40 years. We have been here and we are proud of it. What I am especially proud of about Disney + and the service is that we are now just over a year old and have shot seven movies and one series in Canada. “

He went on to list the currently available programming The secret society of the second born royalty (shot in Toronto); Timmy Fail: Mistakes were made, Flora and Ulysses Y Christmas (filmed in Vancouver) and To carry out (filmed in Cochrane, Alberta), as well as upcoming productions Home alone (a restart shot in Tanguay, Quebec), The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (filmed in Vancouver) and Sneakerella (produced in Hamilton, Ontario).

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“So we have covered four provinces in just over a year,” he noted. “So what I would say is you look at this company and you see that we love filming in Canada. We love our partners in Canada, our cast and crew and all the ancillary businesses that we like to support for that and we plan to continue to do so. Canada is a very important market for us ”.

For now, it remains to be seen how many Canadian productions will come out of Disney in the coming months.

With that said, it’s worth noting that other notable Disney productions, while not filmed in Canada, do feature a prominent Canadian cast and / or crew. For example, next month The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was directed by Kari Skogland from Ottawa (The maid’s tale) and features Port Perry, Emily VanCamp from Ontario and Georges St-Pierre from Montreal repeating their Captain America film roles of Sharon Carter and Batroc the Leaper, respectively.

Additionally, Markham, Ontario newcomer Iman Vellani will star in Disney + film Mrs. Marvel later this year, while Regina Orphan Black Star Tatiana Maslany leads the service She hulk, which will be released sometime in 2022.

Finally, on the Disney + Star front, the original 2021 comedy Only murders in the building will be co-starring Hamilton, Ontario’s own Martin Short alongside Steve Martin and Selena Gomez.

Our full interview with Mason can be found here.

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