ABC's Once Upon a Time series spends $276 million in B.C.

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      The show may be about fantasy but its economic impact is boosting B.C.'s financial reality.

      The B.C.–shot ABC TV series Once Upon a Time, which is celebrating its 100th episode, has spent over $276 million in our province over its past five seasons of production, according to a report released on February 19 by accounting firm MNP LLP.

      The report also stated that the series has also supported 5,585 full-time equivalent jobs.

      In Season 3 alone, the production spent an estimated $34 million on local crew and labour and $21.2 million on goods and services.

      The show, about fairytale characters who are trapped in reality due to a curse, also launched Secrets of Storybrooke, one-hour specials (promoted by Tourism Richmond) that reveal how Steveston is transformed into the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine.

      The series stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen, Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White, and Josh Dallas as Prince Charming.

      Robert Carlyle, who plays Rumplestiltskin, received the Maverick Award at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival in December.

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