Magazine article Variety

A Film Hub Emerges

Magazine article Variety

A Film Hub Emerges

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A Film Hub Emerges

Production activity is on a tear along the Mediterranean

Marseille has significantly reinforced its studio offerings over the past two years, with ambitious plans for the near future.

"We have all the ingredients to host major international productions," says Primi director Ilan Ulloz. "But many film professionals are still unaware of our strengths in terms of studio facilities, exterior locations, and crew depth."

Studio space has been expanding to meet rising demand, including four soundstages and a new visual effects studio in the Belle de Mai Media Park; and Provence Studios, near Marseille, with a 280,000-sq.-ft.-covered area, and 54 acres of backlot. Nice-based Studios Riviera has a further 10 soundstages.

Studio Post & Prod's new vfx motion capture shop, managed by Marianne Carpentier, is developing two ambitious series with Dark Euphoria.

According to deputy mayor Didier Parakian, the council also plans to build a backlot near the Belle de Mai Media Park, expected for 2017, and plans to build an additional two studios in Marseille. …

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