The first season of a DC drama series, Superman & Lois, was filmed in Richmond, Surrey and Delta and has poured more than $95 million into B.C.
The TV show - some of which was filmed at Mylora Golf Course on Sidaway Road - ultimately supported local production crew wages and businesses, according to a report released by Oxford Economics.
Data from the report showed 58 per cent of the show’s spending supported the wages and salaries for local production crew and other labour, while 42 per cent was on local goods and services at over 1,280 B.C.-based businesses.
The production of the CW drama created 1,220 jobs in the province, including 630 direct jobs from the show’s first season alone.
Superman & Lois is a DC superhero drama TV series based on the iconic characters Superman and Lois Lane. The series focuses on Clark Kent and Lois Lane facing the challenges of being working parents.
The second season of the series is underway and is being filmed in Richmond with Manly Shore Production Services. The show is expected to wrap up filming in April 2022.
“The provincial film commission at Creative BC is proud to have collaborated with Warner Bros. and the Superman & Lois crews on this high-profile TV series,” said Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC, in a media statement.
“The economic impacts are quite phenomenal, and for B.C. craftspeople, technicians, and artists working on a big budget show like this, the jobs truly build individual careers while they deepen our provincial expertise in leading edge production.”
On top of that, cast and crew of Superman & Lois contributed almost $50,000 in support of local community initiatives to date through fundraising and sponsorship efforts across the Lower Mainland.
According to Motion Picture Association of Canada (MPA-Canada), community initiatives staff contributed to include providing nutritious meals, clothing and emergency shelter to those in need, as well as making a donation to support B.C. kids and families who need access to speech therapy.
The series contributed approximately $137 million to the provincial GDP in 2020-21.