Netflix is truly going global, and this applies not only to its expansion but also to its quest for original local content. The streaming firm has now acquired its first original series to be shot and produced in Spain. This female-driven drama will be set in the 1920s and directed by Velvet and Gran Reserva director Carlos Sedes, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Netflix expands its originals portfolio
The series, which will run for 16 episodes, has not received any title as yet from the U.S. firm. Shooting will begin later this year in Madrid. Bambu Producciones’ Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes will be the executive producers of the show. The worldwide debut of the drama, which will run in 50-minute time slots, is scheduled in 2017.
“It is incredibly exciting to have Netflix in Spain. We are enthusiastic fans of its original series, and it is a real honor for us to now be part of this project,” said Campos.
Adding to this, Valdes said it is a matter of joy for them to work with Netflix since its team is comprised of extremely talented people.
Netflix entered Spain nearly five months ago, but this is its first original series there. The streaming giant has already announced several original drama series in the U.K., France, Italy and Germany.
Drama presents gamut of emotions
The drama revolves around the story of four women across different social strata who had worked together at the central headquarters of the state-owned phone company in Madrid as switchboard operators. Emotions run a wide gamut just like in other dramas from Bambu Producciones. Also viewers will get to see a mix of them, including a hunger for success, love and friendship, and dreams on top.
Erik Barmack, vice president of Netflix’s international original series, said the company is delighted about having an opportunity to work with Bambu Producciones, director Carlos Sedes and co-creator Gema Neira on their first original series being filmed in Spain.
“We’re huge fans of their work on ‘Gran Hotel’ and ‘Velvet,’ epic romances that have been embraced by our members around the world. We’re certain that our members will love this unique and engaging drama created by some of the best storytellers in Spain,” Barmack said.