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Netflix is now claiming to be, "among the leading producers and distributors of high-quality European entertainment" in the world - it has some 90 original productions in various stages of development collaborating with some of the continent's top broadcasters.

It's spent $1.75bn licencing and producing European content since 2012.

At a presentation in Berlin, the US firm confirmed new series including period epic TROY: Fall of a City, Black Earth Rising which the service is co-producing in association with BBC One and BBC Two - and Isreali espionage drama The Spy, which it will make with Canal Plus.

It is also developing Watership Down (a new adaptation of Richard Adams’s novel) with the BBC, Kiss Me First (a Black Mirror-style techno-triller) with Channel 4, and it's made the drama Marcella with ITV.

Netflix is yet to partner with an Irish company to produce a show - but it has brought the rights to stream titles like Love / Hate and The Fall in a number of regions.

The company has also announced...

An official teaser trailer was released for Dark, the first Netflix original series from Germany - it looks pretty creepy.

Images from the first Netflix original series from Italy, crime thriller Suburra were also unveiled.

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 will go live globally on 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 including trips to the UK and France.

A new comedic travel series, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father has been announced. In this new series, Jack Whitehall and his father travel together throughout Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia) where they learn a lot about the world and a little about each other.

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.

Trailer debut for 13 Reasons Why, the latest Young Adult drama from Netflix based on the best-selling book by Jay Asher. Executive produced by Selena Gomez, with episodes directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), all 13 episodes of 13 Reasons Why launch globally on Friday, March 31.

GLOW, executive produced by Orange is the New Black’s Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann and created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is The New Black), sets global launch date for Friday, June 23.

First look teaser released for new original series MINDHUNTER, which will premiere globally on Netflix in October. MINDHUNTER features Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallanay (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless). The series is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead) Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are Executive Producers. 

Elsewhere it is partnering with European stations to make these titles: 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), No Second Chance (TF1), Call My Agent! (France 2), Case (RUV), Beau Sejour (VRT) and The Same Sky (ZDF), among others.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer commented on the launch: "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," he continued.


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