Homeland helps bring Studio Babelsberg to profit
Studio Babelsberg near Berlin in Germany made a pre-tax profit of €5m in 2015, partly through hosting US TV drama Homeland.
The American terrorism series (pictured) became the first US drama to film a full season in Germany, and was made with financial support from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Babelsberg also hosted Luc Besson’s action movie The Lake and Eddie the Eagle, a film about Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper.
Richard Armitage, a veteran of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, is currently filming TV drama Berlin Station. Tom Tykwer’s German-language historical series Babylon Berlin starts principal photography in the next few weeks.
Studio Babelsberg has had a high-profile couple of years, having co-produced both the remake of Point Break and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies in 2014.
In the last few months the studio has started work on its €12m Neue Berliner Straße back lot expansion, a collection of four modular street sets in different architectural styles that has been designed to double for various cities around the world.
The sets will ultimately span more than 15,000 sq m and could help bring more international producers to the studio.
For more on filming in Germany see our production guide.