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Cuidad studio sees light

8.6 million-square-foot complex set to bow

MADRID — One of Europe’s most ambitious film/TV studio projects — Spain’s Ciudad de la luz (Light City) — finally looks set to see the light of day, thanks to political backing.

Located in the Valencia region on the Mediterranean coast, the 8.6 million-square-foot, s270.5 million ($257.6 million) complex is the pet project of vet helmer Luis Berlanga (“The Executioner”), who has tubthumped for years for a modern studio that would create “a meeting point for big Spanish and international productions.”

Ciudad boasts 10 soundstages, a deep tank and 107,600 square feet of office and storage space. Its architect is L.A.-based Gary Bastien, known for the CBS Studio Center and the Manhattan Beach Studios. Ground was broken in April.

But the flag really fell on the project last week when Eduardo Zaplana, president of Valencia’s regional government, hosted a lavish Madrid presentation. Zaplana will pick up the tab on the project until it taps private investment.

Zaplana faces regional elections next year and is intent on converting Valencia into a high-tech entertainment center.

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