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New studio space helps expand options for local creators

A Kingston video production company is hoping a newly acquired 4000 square foot space can help fill a gap for local creators.

James Media is taking over their new west end studio space on April 1, and company Director Lucas Heney says he thinks the new space could offer a wider range of options to Kingston’s community of creators and help grow the city as a hub for creation.

He says the studio will be able to handle mid-tier productions that Kingston has seen increase over recent years as well as smaller scale local projects.

“Our studio basically will be outfitted to help build the community of creators in Kingston,” Heney said.

“We’re basically going to have the only facility between Toronto and Ottawa able to house larger scale production and broadcast.”

Heney, a Kingston native, officially launched James Media in 2020 after starting two different businesses in the Windsor area.

He says while getting those businesses off the ground, they needed to be a marketing company first and foremost.

With those principles in mind, Heney returned to Kingston in 2020 with COVID expediting his return home, with his company hoping to fill what he says was a gap in production services for small local businesses.

James Media has since worked with a number of local businesses, often creating ads focused on local TV stations.

Heney says the new space, which will be roughly 4x the size of the company’s current office, will be able to increase the level of service the company provides to its’ clients and give the benefit of a wider range of spaces for local creators.

A diagram of the new studio. (Credit: James Media)

“We’re kind of always at the mercy of our clients’ locations,” Heney said.

“All of the creators in Kingston kind of have that same problem, so you’re a little bit more limited in that case.”

When operational, the space will have a number of revolving sets that can be booked out by photographers and videographers, with Heney adding that he hopes to eventually enter the gear rental space as part of the facility’s offerings.

The company hopes to have the building fit up completed in 6-7 weeks and is aiming for a grand opening on June 4.

Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporterhttp://ygknews.ca
Born and raised in Whitby, Ontario, Owen has been living in Kingston for about three years after starting the band Willy Nilly. Prior to that he worked at CKLB radio in Yellowknife and completed studies in Niagara College's Broadcasting program.


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