The Prairie Production Centre began in 1999 as a private operation, with the help of $1 million in federal and provincial cash.
The centre, which provided all-weather studio space to film and television producers, was used by several high-profile movie productions, including Hollywood feature Shall We Dance? and Guy Maddin's Saddest Music in the World – but it was still mired in debt.
The NDP government bailed out the financially troubled facility in April 2005, paying nearly $1.8 million for the facility and forgiving nearly $1.3 million in loans taken out by its former owner.
But a year after the government buy-out, the centre, is still losing money. Now called the Manitoba Production Centre, the facility will lose nearly $60,000.
This is actually chump change compared to the losses at the Regina soundstage. BTW, has anyone seen "Shall We Dance?" Shall we puke?
Monday, March 20, 2006
Posted by David MacLean at 10:49 AM
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