Topper says goodbye to Pinewood Toronto

Myers credited with turning the studio around

MONTREAL — Edith Myers has stepped down as managing director of Pinewood Toronto Studios after two years at the helm.

Blake Steels, already an executive at the studios, will take over from Myers in the new position of general manager and will be in charge of day-to-day operations at the 250,000-square-foot facility on Toronto’s waterfront.

A spokesperson for Pinewood Toronto said that Myers had always expected to leave after her two-year contract expired. Myers returns to her previous job as a business consultant with a specialty in the international film business.

When she arrived, Pinewood Toronto was in rough shape. There was not much filming going on in the city and it had been a tough slog for the facility, which opened under the name Filmport in August, 2008.

But the studio and the city are now booming, with both Hollywood and Canadian productions. “Total Recall” is filming there along with director Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.”

“We are thrilled with the growth of Pinewood Toronto Studios,” said Pinewood Toronto chairman Paul Bronfman. “Edith’s contribution to the transformation of Canada’s largest production facility is a tribute to her expertise and understanding of what makes a great studio work.”

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