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Netflix’s entertainment content for Europeans

MUMBAI: Since 2012, Netflix has committed more than $1.75 billion to European productions (licensed, original and co-productions), an ever growing investment that to date includes more than 90 original productions in various stages of development.

The original content – which spans series, films, documentaries, kids shows and stand-up specials – includes upcoming titles like ‘Dark’, Netflix’s first original series from Germany, a gripping crime thriller series from Italy called ‘Suburra’, and ‘Las chicas del cable’, a romantic 1920s inspired drama from Spain.

Netflix also confirmed new series ‘Troy: Fall of a City’, ‘Black Earth Rising’ and ‘The Spy’, which the service is co-producing in association with BBC One, BBC Two and Canal Plus respectively. These add to a growing line-up of European co-productions including ‘Marcella’ (ITV), ‘Kiss Me First’ (Channel 4), ‘Watership Down’ (BBC), ‘La catedral del mar’ (Antena 3), ‘Rita’ (TV2 Denmark) and ‘El ministerio del tiempo’ (RTVE), as well as licensed series, including ‘The Break’ (RTBF), ‘Nobel’ (NRK), ‘Cannabis’ (Arte), ‘Bordertown’ (YLE) and ‘No Second Chance’ (TF1).

And it’s not just those in Europe who will get to see this new programming. From Netflix original series like the Golden Globe winning ‘The Crown’ and ‘Marseille’ and films like ‘7 años’ to exclusive stand-up specials from Gad Elmaleh, Jandino Asporaat and Dieter Nuhr, European content is being enjoyed globally by the more than 93 million Netflix members around the world.

“Great storytelling knows no geographic bounds. After four years of original programming and filming in 18 countries, we know compelling stories can come from anywhere and no matter their origin, can resonate with audiences around the world. In fact, of the European shows available on Netflix last year, more than half of watchers came from outside of Europe, which is why we are confident our upcoming slate of international shows will be enjoyed by viewers in their home countries and beyond,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

While in Berlin, Netflix also unveiled details for new and returning original series, films, documentaries and more, including:

Official teaser trailer released for Dark, the first Netflix original series from Germany

  • Images from the first Netflix original series from Italy, Suburra
  • Key art and new images released for the first Netflix original series from Spain, Las chicas del cable, which is confirmed for a second season
  • Season two of Chelsea, premiering globally Friday, April 14, is expanding to one hour, giving her the opportunity to dig deeper into fascinating stories from the US and all around the world. This season, Chelsea will go to India to attend a traditional wedding (definitely not her wedding), to Paris to learn about French politics and to the UK to put her irreverent spin on the class system and tackle Brexit with a little help from comedian Eddie Izzard. Back in Los Angeles, she’ll have unfiltered, wildly candid and revealing conversations with celebrities and politicians in front of a live studio audience. Our only concern is whether the new travel ban will allow Chelsea back in the United States.
  • Announcement of the new comedic travel series, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father. In this new series, Jack Whitehall, a popular young comedian, and his father, a posh old-school Englishman, travel together throughout Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia) where they’ll learn a lot about the world and maybe a little about each other. The series begins shooting this month.
  • Comedy Lovesick, written and created by Tom Edge, has been confirmed for a third season
  • Production on season 2 of Marseille begins Tuesday, April 18 in Marseille. New characters will join the cast, including a young woman politician of the far-right French Party
  • First look teaser trailer released for the film War Machine, a provocative satire directed by David Michôd and starring Brad Pitt, arriving globally Friday, May 26

New co-production announcements:

‘Troy: Fall of a City’ – a tale of love, revenge, and intrigue centered around the events of the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen. The series is due to start filming on location in South Africa in March and will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.

‘Black Earth Rising’ – a labyrinthine thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the personal, legal and political turmoil it ignites. Written and directed by Hugo Blick (Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line) and produced by Greg Brenman’s Drama Republic (Honourable Woman, Doctor Foster). Netflix joins the BBC as partners on this new series that will premiere in the UK on BBC Two and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.

‘The Spy’ – tells the true story of Israel’s most prominent spy Eli Cohen, an Egyptian Jew, who in the beginning of the 60s operated undercover in Syria. His unprecedented infiltration into the top military and political echelons changed the face of the Middle East but came at a very high personal cost. The series will premiere in France on Canal Plus and globally outside of France on Netflix.