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The production of the ;rie The Last Of Us resulted in economic benefits of $141 million

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The Last of Us, an HBO series that takes on the aesthetic of the video game of the same name, received 24 Emmy nominations.

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With economic benefits of more than $141 million in Alberta, The Last of Us is the largest series ever filmed in Canada.

It is a matter of great pride for Alberta that we are hosting the largest production ever made [in Canada].< /p>A quote from Mark Ham, Alberta Film Industry Commissioner

Nearly half of that amount was spent with local businesses, while the rest went to paying the salaries of cast members and Alberta production crews and staff, according to Oxford Economics data.

More than 1,000 Alberta businesses, including hotels, caterers and building material suppliers, benefited from the filming. Although the economic fallout has been felt across the province, Calgary and Edmonton are the two cities that have benefited the most, accounting for more than 80% of business spending.

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Filming also attracted tourists, which led to spending at local restaurants, hotels and businesses.

Film production, which enjoyed great success with 24 Emmy nominations, helped bring attention to Alberta's landscapes.

This project was filmed from one end of the province to the other, underlines Mark Ham. He notes that the film crews traveled more than 1,000 kilometers and visited more than 180 different sites. The series notably shows landscapes of Canmore, Fort Macleaor and Waterton.

Mark Ham says Alberta offers a diversity of landscapes, which can correspond to several environments for film productions.

After a year 2023 marked by the strike in Hollywood, next year promises to be more eventful for the Alberta film industry. We believe 2024 is going to be one of our biggest years, says Mark Ham. We get a lot of calls and a ton of interest, he adds. He says many productions are planned in the coming months.

Mark Ham maintains that Alberta is considered a destination of choice for film projects of all sizes, including large productions. He wants The Last Of Usto serve as proof that Alberta can accommodate this type of production.

I hope this sends the message that this is a growing industry in Alberta, and it's here to stay.

A quote from Mark Ham, Alberta Film Industry Commissioner

The first season of the series was filmed in Alberta from July 2021 to June 2022. HBO announced the series will return for a second season, with filming set to take place in British Columbia.

With information from Tom Ross.

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