Netflix to film 1920s drama in Spain
Netflix is to film an original 1920s-set drama series in Spain, working with Bambú Producciones in Madrid.
The as-yet-untitled series will film 16 episodes in the Spanish capital, and will mark the first time Netflix has filmed in the country.
Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández Valdés of Bambú will produce the story of four very different women who come to Madrid to work at Spain’s first telephone exchange during the country’s communications revolution.
“It is incredibly exciting to have Netflix in Spain,” said Campos, co-creator and executive producer of the show. “We are enthusiastic fans of its original series and it is a real honour for us to now be part of this project.”
Bambú Producciones previously worked on the popular Spanish period TV dramas Gran Hotel (pictured) and Velvet.
“We're delighted to be working with Bambú Producciones, director Carlos Sedes and co-creator Gema Neira on our first original series filmed in Spain,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix.
“We're huge fans of their work on Gran Hotel and Velvet, epic romances that have been embraced by our members around the world.”
Spain recently launched a formal 15% filming incentive, which has helped boost the country’s international production profile. Game of Thrones came to the country for the first time last year, filming scenes in parts of Andalusia in the south and Catalonia in the north-east of the country, including the historic city of Girona.
Before that Ridley Scott doubled parts of Almeria in the south-east for ancient Egypt in his biblical drama Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in fact did so before the filming incentive was introduced.
The Spanish Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast have appealed for longer as international filming locations as they offered special tax exemptions long before a formal filming incentive was launched on the mainland. Now the islands offer a tax rebate of up to 35%, capped at €4.5m per-production.
For more on filming in Spain see our production guide.