US film companies eye Spain

El Chorrillo in Sierra Alhamilla

GAME OF THRONES is, like Marmite, ‘like it-hate it’ and the US ambassador to Spain, James Costos, clearly likes it.

He travelled from Madrid to Almeria to visit the El Chorrillo set in Sierra Alhamilla, although as a former high-ranking executive with the HBO cable network which broadcasts the series, Costos’ interest is also professional.

The ambassador watched night shooting that culminated with the deliberate burning of the specially-constructed set where he greeted director Dan Sackheim and met old HBO colleagues. The series – the sixth – now being filmed is going to be “very exciting,” Costos told a Spanish media interviewer.

He revealed more US studios are “looking into the possibility” of coming to Almeria, mentioning names that included Chuck Roven and Harvey Weinstein, respective founders of Atlas Entertainment and Miramax. “That Mike Medavoy is currently filming ‘The Promise’ in Spain proves the talent in this country is enormous,” he added.

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