Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, continues its investment in German content. Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President Original Series Europe, announced the development and production of five new German projects launching on Netflix from 2019. All titles will be available in over 190 countries where Netflix is available.
“At Netflix, we want to tell local stories with global appeal. We are excited to have found this in these five projects, which – each in their unique way – are both undeniably German and at the same time tell stories that are relevant to viewers all over the world”, explained Luegenbiehl at Medientage München.
The five series display a variety of genres and formats, from epic tales of the past and future, contemporary crime dramas, coming-of-age stories and compelling family sagas:
After a mysterious global catastrophe in a post-apocalyptic future the Tribes of Europabattle for dominance over the new continent; whereas The Barbarians tells the story of an arduous fight between the Roman army and the Germanic tribes. In the young adult comedy Don’t Try This At Home three high schoolers create Europe’s hippest online drug business and in Skylines, a twentysomething hip-hop producer in Frankfurt is playing gangsters off against the police force. The Untitled Christmas mini-series depicts four generations of women who come together for the festive season to reconcile and face long-kept secrets.
Luegenbiehl concludes: “This is a meaningful investment in the German market and we are looking forward to working with local creatives, talent and production companies. We want to continue to support our creatives in their vision and offer unique storytelling and premium quality to our consumers.”
These five new series add to the current slate of three local originals including Dark s2, Dogs of Berlin and The Wave which already are in development or production, with Dogs of Berlin by showrunner Christian Alvart to launch December 7 only on Netflix this year.
The projects in detail:
Tribes of Europa
2070. After a mysterious global catastrophe what remains of Europe is fractured into countless micro-states. Several so-called ‘Tribes’ fight for dominance over the continent. This is the post-apocalyptic, adventurous saga of three siblings who set out to change the fate of this new “EUROPA”.
Written by Philip Koch, Jana Burbach, Benjamin Seiler
Created and directed by Philip Koch
Produced by Wiedemann & Berg Television (Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann)
Don’t try this at home
To win back the love of his life, a high school student and his best friend launch Europe’s largest online drug business from a teenage bedroom.
Written by Philipp Käßbohrer, Sebastian Colley and Stefan Titze
Directed by Lars Montag and Arne Feldhusen
Produced by BTF Productions (Matthias Murmann and Phillip Käßbohrer)
In Frankfurt, a young and gifted hip-hop producer gets the chance of a lifetime when he signs with Skyline Records. But the worlds of music, organized crime and high finance collide when the label owner’s gangster brother returns from exile to claim his share.
Created by Dennis Schanz
Directed by Max Erlenwein and Soleen Yusef
Produced by Komplizen Film (Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski und David Keitsch) and StickUp Films (Dennis Schanz and Luis Singer)
Untitled Christmas mini-series
A three-part mini-series about one family‘s crazy and emotional Christmas holidays. The story revolves around four generations of women who finally have to come clean about all the secrets they have been keeping from each other.
Written by Katharina Eyssen
Produced by Sommerhaus Film (Jochen Laube and Fabian Maubach) and Katharina Eyssen
In the famous battle of the Teutoburg Forest, Germanic warriors in 9 AD halted the spread of the Roman Empire in their advance north. This bloody encounter of two worlds is tragically interwoven with the destinies of three young people whose fate will lead them from innocence to guilt, from loyalty to betrayal, and from love to hate.
Created by Arne Nolting & Jan-Martin Scharf and Andreas Heckmann
Produced by Gaumont (Sabine de Mardt, Andreas Bareiss, Rainer Marquass)
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