Homeland to shoot in Berlin, not Amsterdam

Additional reporting by Demid Getik, Janene Van Jaarsveldt.

Producers of Homeland will not shoot next season's episodes in Amsterdam despite a city push to bring the hit American television show to the capital city. Production will take place in Berlin instead, entertainment website Deadline confirmed.

Two months ago Amsterdam was in negotiations to have Homeland filmed in the city. Hague city councilors Robert van Asten and Birgul Ozmen also wanted the series to be filmed in their city.

Amsterdam's film commissioner, Simon Brester, reached out to Homeland's producers about the city's interest in bringing Homeland to the Netherlands. Brester is particularly vocal about the lack of subsidies, low-cost loans and tax incentives for television productions, especially since many are equally as large-scale in employment and economic impact as film a single film shoot.

The fifth season of Homeland has protagonist Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, working for a security firm in Berlin after a rough period as an intelligence chief in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is the first American series to schedule a full season shoot in Germany, Homeland's domestic broadcaster Showtime said. Plot lines will mirror real life events in the Middle East and Ukraine, series creator Alex Gansa said.

The previous season of the show was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.


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