Conspiracy drama Riviera filmed in southern France
Sky Atlantic’s conspiracy drama Riviera filmed entirely on location on France’s southern Cote d'Azur coastline.
Riviera follows the American wife of a billionaire Russian oligarch who uncovers dark secrets when her husband is killed in a mysterious explosion on a luxury yacht.
“We chose the real locations as there is firstly such incredible production value by being on the Riviera and because it would have been a complete false economy trying to recreate this look elsewhere at great expense,” says John Bernard, of Monaco service company Jake Productions, in comments to KFTV.
Producers were faced with a challenging filming environment when the city of Nice suffered a terror attack in July 2016 only a few weeks before Riviera was scheduled to start its 130-day shoot.
“We were in pre-production when this terrible atrocity took place,” Bernard tells KFTV. “The outcome only further strengthened our partnership with all the key local authorities and the production’s commitment to staying in Nice to make the show happen.”
International location filming has increased in France since the government boosted the country’s TRIP (Tax Rebate for International Production) at the start of 2016.
“The original TRIP initially put France back on the table as a possible destination to shoot in,” Bernard says. “The impact of last year’s increase from 20% to 30% has been significant in the number of days shooting by overseas productions in France and also the investment in spend.
“Important technical infrastructure also [has improved, making] more key facilities available locally and therefore more flexibility and cost efficiency.”
Around 40 foreign productions spent €152m on location filming in France in 2016, a sharp increase from €57m the previous year.
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