CBC Television’s highly successful Republic of Doyle is the largest television production ever undertaken in Newfoundland and Labrador. Now in its fourth season, Republic of Doyle generates approximately $22 million per season in production activity.
From the start, Republic of Doyle has had a significant impact on the creative economy of St. John’s, sustaining 110 full-time jobs and an estimated $10 million in salaries and wages. According to Allan Hawco, creator, producer and leading actor of the series, the program has given Newfoundland actors, including exceptionally successful ones, an opportunity to stay at home to work, and has helped others to enter the film business who otherwise might not have been able to do so. The production has also furthered the experience of the already highly skilled local talent working offscreen, a development that will bring lasting employment benefits to the cultural sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Republic of Doyleis now seen in 96 countries. Its popularity — in which the beautiful and inimitable St. John’s itself is featured as a prominent “character” as never before, and the charm of Newfoundlanders is showcased — has increased regional, national and international interest and tourism, bringing in considerable economic benefit to the whole province.
Back at home, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have warmly embraced this production as their own, graciously opening up their homes, workplaces and the streets of St. John’s as sets for the show. In return, the program has provided a welcome economic surge, and an opportunity for Newfoundlanders to reflect their lives, their culture and humour, and to be a part of an experience enthusiastically shared by vast audiences each week ― a source of pride for the whole community that is an additional positive outcome of CBC Television’s Republic of Doyle.