Netflix Doubles Madrid, Spain Production Facilities

Netflix continues to boost its commitment to Spanish original content production by expanding its studio space in Tres Cantos (Madrid). This hub, opened two years ago, will have double the amount of sets (10 versus five) and will add new post-production facilities.

The hub will also have, among other new features, enhanced filming and editing rooms incorporating the latest innovation and technology. This extension should be completed by late 2022.

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“We are proud to keep strengthening our commitment to Spain. With the new additions, creators will count with the latest tools to keep telling great stories made in Spain,” Diego Ávalos, VP of original content at Netflix Spain, said in a statement. “We will continue to work on fully supporting the sustainable development of Spanish audiovisual productions, in all their diversity.”

Since its arrival in 2015, Netflix has released more than 50 titles made in Spain. These generated more than 7,500 jobs for cast and crew, as well as 41,000 days of work for extras in productions filmed all over the country. This year’s current productions (in different stages) are expected to hire over 1,500 professionals and create over 21,000 days of work for extras.

As part of its goal to support the diversity of stories and formats, Netflix recently revealed its pending made-in-Spain productions. The streamer will also be bringing three Spanish novels to our screensUn cuento perfecto, by Elisabet Benavent, that questions self-expectations as the way to happiness; La chica de nieve by Javier Castillo, the great thriller phenomenon; and Hijas del Camino by Lucía-Asué Mbomío, a ground-breaking debut about identity, family ties and the fight against racism.

Netflix Establishes Content Production Hub in Madrid

Seeking to better coordinate original content production in Europe, Netflix July 24 announced the establishment of its first production hub in Madrid.

The hub will be located at Ciudad de la Tele (TV City), a new campus in Tres Cantos, Madrid, being developed and managed by Grupo Secuoya, an audiovisual production services company.

The hub will be a central facility for Netflix’s growing slate of Spanish-language original content over the coming years, including new and existing titles produced by Netflix, as well as series and films made by production partners for Netflix.

As part of the multi-year partnership, Grupo Secuoya will provide facility management and other services to Netflix, including being the exclusive production services partner for projects based at the Ciudad de la Tele campus. Netflix will take occupancy of three sound stages beginning in September, with the option to occupy additional space as construction completes.

“Spain has a rich heritage of innovative, immersive content creation and we are excited to strengthen our investment in the cultural heartland of Madrid,” Erik Barmack, VP of international originals at Netflix, said in a statement.

Creation of the production hub reflects Netflix’s deepening investment in Spain, with over 13,000 cast, crew and extras working on 20 Netflix original productions across the country this year.

Spanish titles coming soon to Netflix include season 3 of “Las Chicas del Cable” on Sept. 7th and Élite, a young adult drama coming soon, with titles currently in production, including Isabel Coixet’s new original film Elisa & Marcela and The Alcásser Murders, a new original documentary series.

Netflix recently announced an overall deal with Álex Pina, creator of “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist), the most watched non-English language show on Netflix. Netflix is also investing significantly in licensed and co-produced titles created by Spanish broadcasters and producers. This includes a recent agreement for first-option access to drama series from Atresmedia, with “Fariña” and “La Catedral del Mar,” among the upcoming titles launching on Netflix globally.

“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,” said Raúl Berdonés, president of Grupo Secuoya.

“We very much welcome Netflix’s decision to establish its first European production hub in our country,” added María Peña, CEO of ICEX, the Spanish government agency for trade and investment promotion. “We are sure this project will contribute strongly to positioning Spain as a competitive location for the global entertainment industry. In that respect, it will be entitled to our full support.”