VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Arrow, a TV series filmed in Metro Vancouver, has announced this year is the final season of production.
The show, which airs on the CW Network, will wind up its eighth season with ten episodes.
A report produced by the Motion Picture Association of Canada in 2017 showed Warner Brothers spent $72 million on production and crews in season four alone. Over 800 vendors were affiliated with the show, including rental companies, special effects companies and production facilities.
The report says during that one season, the production benefited from $3.5 million in federal tax incentives and $11.7 million in provincial tax incentives.
Pete Mitchell with Vancouver Film Studios says thousands of people worked on the show.
“Somewhere around 300 people on an ongoing basis for the last seven years. Around 5,000 people would have had something to do with the show along the way, whether it was an extra or a grip working full-time.”
Mitchell says the Arrow announcement isn’t necessarily somber news, pointing to how the series has spawned other similar productions.
“A lot of the shows that have spun-off, like Legends, Flash and Supergirl, are still going strong. I think there are a lot more shows to come in the ‘Arrowverse,’ as it’s called.”
Warner Brothers continues to send productions to Hollywood North.
“They’ve been an excellent employer. They have 12 shows shooting in Vancouver right now. Nobody should be sad about Arrow winding up.”
Prem Gill with Creative BC which represents BC’s creative industry says Arrow left a great legacy.
“They’ve certainly been a great part of the ecosystem here,” she says. “They’ve been key to the growth of the super hero genre. We are grateful it has been based here.”
Meantime, new productions are locating here.
“New series are coming on board. Everything from Sabrina and pilots being shot here. We are a strong jurisdiction when it comes to talent. The variety of production that happens here is really great: from ongoing series and episodic programs, movies-of-the-week, to feature films and web series,” says Gill.