Agreed, R85, that 'Netflix's best Spanish and Argentinean fare is a rebuke to people who complain about how there's nothing good on Netflix." I will often start watching a film or series simply on the prospect that if it's a Spanish production, then it may be worth watching for some quality that doesn't jump out at me from the title or capsule description, and with rare exception I end up watching it in full.
Netflix has invested a lot in its Madrid-based film production studios in the last two or three years, including, with the pandemic, virtual production facilities like those used in '1899.' The Variety article is 1.5 years old, and further expansion has occurred after its publication. The larger Spanish-language market in the Americas is no small part of, of course, but Netflix Spain has produced some excellent things with popularity far beyond Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.
[quote]Netflix is doubling its studio capacity in Spain, growing its sound stages from five to 10 at its complex in Tres Cantos, just north of Madrid.
[quote]The U.S. streaming giant will also incorporate new post-production facilities, plus a filming lab and state-of-the-art editing suites. The expansion will be completed by the end of 2022, the U.S. streaming giant announced Thursday.
[quote] “We are proud to keep strengthening our commitment to Spain. With the new additions, creators will count with the latest tools to keep telling great stories made in Spain,” said Diego Ávalos, VP of original content at Netflix in Spain. Covering the next few months, the new project announcement suggested that Netflix has now achieved an unprecedented level of production in Spain that makes it one of the biggest investors in Spanish series and films in the country.
[quote] Netflix has released more than 50 titles made in Spain since 2016 and participated in more than 70 films from the time of its first original movie, “7 Years,” released in 2016. It has worked with over 35 independent production houses and has created 7,500 jobs for casts and crews.
[quote] This year’s current productions are expected to hire over 1,500 professionals and create over 21,000 days of work for extras, Netflix estimated.