Shooting in Spain gathers Spanish and North American producing companies
Los Angeles (USA), 8th November.- The main North American cinema producing companies, such as Universal, HBO and Netflix, gathered today with a big group of Spanish companies to foster the collaboration between both counties in this industry during the “Shooting in Spain” sessions.
This encounter, which takes place in Los Angeles (USA) and it is organized by Spain Film Commission (SFC) and SETUR (Spanish Government’s State Tourism Secretary), counts with the support of the North American ambassador in Spain during the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017), James Costos, who previously was an HBO executive.
In HBO studios is precisely where a group of 50 representatives of the main Spanish and North American companies had several meetings with the aim of taking more shooting to Spain and that the Spanish industry seize the opportunities that California and other North American states offer.
“This encounter has a double aim: promote the possibilities of Spain in the shootings and also open the doors of the USA to Spanish professionals”, as Carlos Rosado, President of the SFC, explained.
On the North American side, executives and producers of important producing companies such as Disney, Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, as well as streaming platforms like Netflix and HBO, assisted to this event.
Officers of these companies could share their projects with 30 Spanish producing companies, among which we could find MediaPro and Secuoya, to strengthen bonds and boost future collaborations.
The importance of Spanish, every year more widely spoken in the United States, together with the landscape richness of Spain and its infrastructures, were the main appeals exposed to the Hollywood executives to make them cross the Atlantic Ocean, something positive for the North American cinema industry, in James Costos’ opinion.
The filming of “Game of Thrones”, HBO’s successful TV series, in many locations in the Iberian Peninsula, was exposed as an example of recent collaboration between both countries.
“On the other hand, it is also important that Spain knows what California can offer”, as James Costos said.
For that matter, Colleen Bell, director of California Film Commission, highlighted that “California and Spain share some attributes, such as diversity and good weather”, which provide optimal working conditions for the cinema industry. EFE