Netflix establishes its European production hub in Madrid
by Alfonso Rivera
- The influential company is constructing huge studios and other facilities, the firm’s first in Europe, in the Tres Cantos area
Netflix continues its unstoppable rise. Not only did it emerge triumphant at the most recent Venice Film Festival (see the news), thus demonstrating that its films can be screened perfectly successfully at A-list festivals, but it is also establishing what will become its general base of operations for the production of films and series in Europe, in the Madrilenian area of Tres Cantos. The so-called Ciudad de la Tele (TV City) is a new 22,000-square-metre campus, managed by Grupo Secuoya, which has signed a multi-year partnership contract with the US entertainment company.
This centre – which will be equipped with film sets, post-production studios and various auditoria – will produce Netflix’s future output in the Spanish language, and this includes series as well as films. It has already produced four films in Spain, with prestigious directors at the helm, such as Elisa & Marcela [+see also:
film profile] by Isabel Coixet; Siete años by Roger Gual, with Paco León among the cast; Bomb Scared [+see also:
film profile] by Borja Cobeaga, a movie that was released in theatres and was screened at San Sebastián in 2017; and Diecisiete by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, which is currently being shot in Cantabria, as a co-production with Atípica Films. Another title that has been announced is ¿A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta? by Jota Linares, who will release Unbridled [+see also:
interview: Jota Linares
film profile] next month, another title produced by Beatriz Bodegas, of La Canica Films (The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
interview: Raúl Arévalo
In a statement published by the company online, its vice-president of Original Series, Erik Barmack, said: “Spain has a rich heritage of innovative, immersive content creation, and we are excited to strengthen our investment in the cultural heartland of Madrid. From San Sebastián to Santiago de Chile, and from Toronto to Tokyo, Spanish-language content is savoured by Netflix members across the world. The establishment of our first European production hub will create new opportunities for Spain’s incredible creative talent, as well as demonstrating our commitment to the production of original content throughout Europe.”
As many as 13,000 people are working for Netflix in Spain this year: in addition to the aforementioned films, other ongoing projects include production of season three of the series Las chicas del cable (starring Blanca Suárez, who appeared in the oh-so “Almodovarian” I’m So Excited [+see also:
film profile]), the young-adult drama series Élite (directed by Ramón Salazar and Dani de la Orden) and the four chapters of the documentary The Alcásser Murders, in conjunction with Bambú Producciones, which will get a worldwide release next year.
(Translated from Spanish)
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