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Kamloops area woman making big moves in the film industry

Stump Lake resident Dian Cross Massey will continue to run The Crossing Studios after selling the company to the SIM Group.
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September 08, 2017 - 9:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Stump Lake resident Dian Cross Massey has sold her company The Crossing Studios to the SIM group, a move that is expected to boost the film industry in the Lower Mainland and the Interior.

Massey has spent the last five years leasing and buying several warehouses in the Vancouver area to be used as motion picture studios, and this move could allow her company to expand into the Kamloops region.

"There is a significant demand for studio space in the Interior, and we are working with the regions to determining where the highest demand is," Massey in a media release. "Increased infrastructure would benefit the Interior, and lead to more production in those areas. Kamloops is always in demand due to it’s semi-arid climate and consistent sunshine."

Massey's success with The Crossing Studios came fast and heavy as the company began operations in 2015 and quickly became one of the most successful studio companies in the province. She cut her teeth in the film industry in Vancouver by working in TV advertising before making the move to be a studio owner in 2007. She and her husband moved to Stump Lake in 2009 and commute between the Thompson Nicola Regional District and Vancouver for work.

TNRD Film Commissioner Vicci Weller says Massey has been an incredible asset to the film industry in the Interior and expects the relationship to be even more beneficial following this deal.

"She's a really good conduit to the trends and what's going on in Vancouver so she's been very helpful to us in that respect," Weller says. "She's done some filming in the area before and she has served on our film commission so she's valuable in that she knows what's coming up and who's looking around."

Weller adds Massey regularly advocates for projects to film in the Interior, giving the region a sort of promoter among the major players down on the coast.

Though Massey has sold her company, she will be staying on as president.


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