You may not be a fan of the Green Arrow’s vigilante crime fighting adventures in Star City, but a new report suggests he’s a big hero to the City of Vancouver as well.
A new analysis of the economic footprint of the popular Warner Brothers / CW Network TV series Arrow finds the production has poured more than $360-million into B.C.’s economy over the course of its five seasons.
The analysis, released yesterday by Canadian accounting firm MNP LLP broke down the spending and spinoff from the production’s fourth season, to model its overall impact.
That year, the report says production pumped $44.3-million into crew and labour, and another $27-million into goods and services.
Over the five seasons, it says the show created more than 7,000 jobs and has benefited 825 businesses in 31 B.C. communities from Metro Vancouver, to Vancouver Island, to the Okanagan.
Arrow, set in the DC comics universe, follows the adventures of bow and arrow toting crime fighter and billionaire heir Oliver Queen, as he fights to protect a Seattle-like port city from everything from ninjas to street gangs.
The title role is portrayed by Canadian actor Stephen Amell.
The show has spawned a number of successful spinoff and sister CW/DC comics shows set in a single cinematic universe, including the immensely popular The Flash, along with Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, each also filmed in Metro Vancouver.
The analysis provides an inside look at a B.C. industry that has been humming in recent years.
Vancouver, long called Hollywood North, has seen numerous cycles in the health of the industry but is currently riding the boom – seeing more than 350 productions filmed in 2015, up from 235 the year before.
That figure was enough to pump more than $2-billion into the provincial economy.