The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the Universal studios
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“Spain has all the necessary administrative and fiscal incentives, as well as all possible scenarios and locations to receive new projects and create new fictions. We aspire to become, and so has been said in some media, if you allow me to compare it, in Hollywood. of Europe “, has affirmed, precisely in Hollywood, and in front of the main executives of the American audiovisual industry.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, presented this Thursday in Los Angeles his project to turn Spain into “the Hollywood of Europe”, in a meeting that he has held precisely in the mecca of cinema with the giants of the American audiovisual industry, like Netflix, HBO, Disney, Warner and Activision.
This event, which was held at the NBC Universal studios in Los Angeles, during the second day of his economic tour of the United States, has served for Sánchez to convey in person to the production companies the measures that the Government is implementing to attract their productions, such as tax incentives or facilities in the processing of permits.
The chief executive has also been able to confirm in his meeting with audiovisual executives the willingness of large American companies to continue working in Spain and undertake large-scale projects.
«Spain has all the necessary administrative and fiscal incentives, as well as all possible scenarios and locations to receive new projects and create new fictions. We aspire to become, and this has been said in some media, if you allow me to compare, in the Hollywood of Europe “, said Sánchez during the act ‘Spain, your location of choice’ that was held after the meeting with the producers , to present the details of the ‘Spain Audiovisual Hub’ plan.
According to Sánchez, Spain starts from a “very strong position” to become a leading Audiovisual Hub “in Europe and in the world”, since it is currently the second European country, behind Germany, in total number of hours of fiction produced .
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The president also highlighted the arrival in Spain from the United Kingdom of the main ViacomCBS production facility as a result of Brexit, and the expansion that Netflix is going to make of its studios located in the Madrid municipality of Tres Cantos for three years.
And as proof of the momentum of the audiovisual industry that has been taking place in Spain in recent years, Sánchez has highlighted, for example, the return of Game of Thrones in the fall to record a prequel to the series or the film that director Wes Anderson is going to shoot. in the Madrid municipality of Chinchón soon.
The ‘Spain Audiovisual Hub’ plan also happens, for example, to launch a portal in December to collect all the information that producers and studios need to decide whether to film in Spain or establish their headquarters in this country.
Likewise, the Government has arranged a quick visa so that US production workers can come to Spain more easily as of this July 24, avoiding mobility restrictions as a result of the pandemic.
They also intend to promote specialized training in the audiovisual sector to meet the needs of personnel in this industry. In fact, this is one of the main demands that executives of large production companies have placed on Sánchez.