The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) reports that the production of the comedy-drama series Mohawk Girls has generated $43.1 million in economic output for the Greater Montreal area over the course of making its 33 episodes.
A case study conducted by the accounting group MNP determined that the production has contributed $29.8 million in GDP, created the equivalent of 430 full-time equivalent production jobs, plus employed roughly 750 background performers.
Many of these jobs were filled by individuals from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.
The study also found that the show contracted more than 300 vendors from across the Greater Montreal Area and province of Quebec to help in producing the show.
The comparisons made in the study about the economic impact of the show includes an analysis of Season 3 when production spending on Mohawk Girls was the equivalent to the employment supported by 20,000 overnight visitors to Montreal in the tourism sector.
“Season 1 though 5 production spending supported the same employment as the spending of about 110,000 overnight visitors to Montreal,” reads the study.
Mohawk Girls, which premiered in October 2010 with one episode is produced by Rezolution Pictures International, an Aboriginal-owned film and television production company. Mohawk Girls, and Rezolution Pictures’ feature film RUMBLE: The Indians That Rocked the World have garnered numerous awards and honors.
The television series, which has produced six episodes a year in 2011 to 2017, except in 2016 when it produced eight, tells the story of four women trying to find their place in the world while staying true to their Mohawk roots.
The series is filmed and set on the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory in Quebec, across the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal.
The fifth and final season of Mohawk Girls will premiere tonight, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
The study can be found here: http://cmpa.ca/sites/default/files/CMPA%20-%20Mohawk%20Girls%20-%20Economic%20Impact%20Study%20-%20Report.pdf