Netflix has opened its first European production hub in Tres Cantos, Madrid. This is part of a multi million Euro investment in Spanish language content, which the streaming giant says will help to support Spain’s growing creative community.
Since launching in Spain four years ago, Netflix has invested heavily in Spanish language shows: local stories created by local talent and produced locally. Today, it added another two new original shows — El inocente and El crimen del siglo — to its 2019 and 2020 slate that includes series such as La casa de papel Part 3, Alta Mar, Las chicas del cable Season 4, Paquita Salas Season 3, Elite Season 2, Criminal, El vecino, Hache and Días de Navidad and films like Elisa y Marcela, A pesar de todo, ¿A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta?, Diecisiete, Klaus or Hogar.
In 2018, over 13,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on Netflix originals This year, that number is set to increase to 25,000 — including La casa de papel and Las chicas del cable, both of which have been international hits.
“Our aim is to be part of the Spanish creative ecosystem. We are investing for the long term, We are here to stay and to participate”, said Reed Hastings during an opening presentation at the hub. “Our goal is to work with the best storytellers to create great shows and films that delight our members. It’s been amazing to see Spanish shows like Elite and La casa de papel win the hearts of fans not just in Spain, but globally. This is our first European production hub and we’re excited about the great stories that will be produced here in Spain, and watched by the world.”
Francisco Ramos, (VP International Originals), added: “We are very proud of the ongoing productions we currently have, the ones we are developing and the new ones that we have announced today. Stories in Spanish for Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world. Bringing our unique and personal stories of diverse genres and formats to every corner represents a great opportunity for our creative community”