Swansea Bay is set for global exposure after a deal was struck that will see television series, Da Vinci’s Demons, broadcast on international network, Starz.
The series, filmed at various locations throughout the region, will be aired from April 12th, offering Wales more exposure as an excellent location for film.
Starz, which is headquartered in Colorado, along with its sister channels, Encore and MoviePlex, is available to 21.2million pay television subscribers across the United States.
The £20million production recreated Da Vinci’s young life, using Port Talbot’s Margam Castle as the Medici Palace in Florence. Swansea Gower beaches, Margam and Neath Abbey were also used as film locations.
The Bay Studios were used to recreate another of Florence’s landmarks, the Duomo Cathedral. It was at these studios that the 2,500 actors, extras, designers, technicians and caterers were based for the filming.
Neath and Port Talbot Council were pleased to host the series, as they beat off competition from locations in Ireland, and further afield in New Zealand and Canada.
“The authority is delighted that this project has materialised and it has been excellent news for the Neath Port Talbot area,” said Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Cllr Ali Thomas.
“There was a concerted effort to ensure local businesses were able to capitalise on such a large-budget project. There was extensive use of local construction firms and suppliers for the sets and development of the studio.
“The size of the production means that other local businesses have benefited including design companies, hotels and taxi services.”
The series was written and produced by David S Goyer, also famed for writing the Dark Knight Batman trilogy.