MADRID IS NETFLIX’S NEW PRODUCTION HUB!

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By Mary Foran
The Ciudad de la Tele, or Television City, a 22,000-square-meter facility in Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain, will be the central facility for Netflix’s growing array of Spanish-language original content films, from the SVOD service.
The creation of the production hub reflects Netflix’s deepening investment in Spain. Netflix’s Spanish titles include season 3 of Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls), Money Heist (La Casa de Papel), Hache, Élite (a young adult drama), Elisa & Marcela and The Alcásser Murders (a new original documentary series). Some 13,000 cast, crew and extras are working on 20 Netflix originals currently.
The world’s leading Internet entertainment service, Netflix boasts 130 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across wide variety of genres and languages.
Netflix recently announced a deal with Money Heist creator Alex Pina for the investment of a significant amount in Spanish-language acquisitions and co-productions. The production hub is being developed and managed by Grupo Secuoya, an audiovisual leader in Spain developing, creating and producing audiovisual content and providing innovative audiovisual technical solutions.  Secuoya has a presence in Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Chile in the Latin American region, as well as in the Middle East.
According to Erik Barmack, Vice-President of International Originals at Netflix, “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 Sebastian to Santiago de Chile and 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 talent, as well as demonstrate our commitment to the production of original content throughout Europe.”
Raul Berdones, President of the Grupo Secuoya, added, “We are delighted that Netflix has chosen Ciudad de la Tele as the location of its first European production hub. Netflix sets a world-class standard in its production process and the decision to create a production hub in Madrid is proof of Spain’s leadership in the audiovisual industry, as well as the depth of its talent pool. Grupo Secuoya is delighted to partner with Netflix to support the production of Spanish-language series for the world.”
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