HBO drama Succession provides vital training for Scottish trainees

Succession, starring Emmy Award-Winning Scottish actor Brian Cox (Medici, War & Peace, Churchill) will feature scenes shot in Scotland in two episodes over the next fortnight which used Scottish-based crew, including three trainees through Screen Academy Scotland’s Screen NETs Programme, who worked in the locations, grip and costume departments.

The production was supported by Screen Scotland’s Production Growth Fund to enable the series to film at various locations across Scotland in 2019 including V&A DundeeGleneagles, Auchterarder and Ayr.

Created by Academy Award nominee Jesse Armstrong (Fresh Meat, In the Loop, Peep Show), Succession tracks the lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their ageing father (Brian Cox) begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.

Beginning where season one dramatically left off, season two follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire, and while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them.

Scott Ferguson, Executive Producer, Succession commented: “Shooting in Scotland presented us with a truly unique and exciting opportunity for Succession, not only visually with amazing locations and a fantastic creative and technical crew, but also in terms of storytelling, with Episode 8 set in Scotland. The cast and crew had a fantastic time, and of course, there was something very special indeed about bringing Brian back to his – and Logan’s – hometown, Dundee.”

Brodie PringleHead of Screen Commission at Screen Scotland said: “It is incredibly important for Scotland to forge relationships with international studios like HBO and Successionhas provided a unique opportunity to do this on a project featuring one of Scotland’s most established actors, Brian Cox. This production has not only provided vital training opportunities for new entrants to the industry in Scotland but also the first on-screen cameo of V&A Dundee, a new location with a very exciting future ahead.”

Gavin Luna, Succession Locations Trainee said: “Working on Succession was great! To have the opportunity to work on a such a big American production at such an early stage of my career was a real eye opener and a truly invaluable experience.”

The series is currently airing on Sky Atlantic on Monday nights and is available on Now TV.

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