Madrid Region Booms as an International Production Hub

Variety | 5/20/2019 | Emiliano De Pablos
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Madrid is booming as never before in its 125-year film history; arguably, no other European site is currently transforming so quickly into a global production hub.

A 20-minute drive north of the Spanish capital, a large white-concrete hanger has been built beside the Madrid-Burgos motorway, at the entrance to Tres Cantos, a well-heeled satellite village and industrial estate. Welcome to Netflix’s Madrid Production Hub, its first in Europe, which opened April 4.

Minutes - Offices - Movistar - + - Pay

Five minutes away from that are the offices of Movistar +, the pay TV unit of Telefonica, Europe’s second largest telecom, which has produced and released 20 original series since September 2017.

A quarter of an hour towards the city, in the Fuencarral district, the Mediapro Studio opened its doors last month, announcing it had 34 drama series in phases of production this year.

Yards - Road - Offices - Mediterráneo - Production-distribution

A hundred yards down the road are the offices of Mediterráneo, the new content production-distribution center of Mediaset España, Spain’s top rated broadcaster.

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Viacom - International - Studios - Offices - Madrid

Elsewhere, Viacom International Studios has set up offices in Madrid, while Dynamo, Colombia’s biggest production house which took a “Narcos” production credit, is enlarging theirs.

Also, European production-distribution giants Beta Film and Federation Entertainment are establishing Madrid-based operations as beachheads eyeing the Latin American market.

Arrival - Masse - Players - Madrid - Production

Before the arrival en masse of big international players, Madrid was the major production center of Spain’s film and TV industries, with a special emphasis, during the last two decades, on primetime series production for free-to-air TV.

That’s the origin of global phenomenon “La Casa de Papel,” which shot there in 2016-2017, produced by Alex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato’s Vancouver for private network Atresmedia.

Heist - Thriller - Series - Part - July

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