“Suburra” and “Dark” are the first Italian and German series respectively to be commissioned by Netflix. The Italian production company Cattleya were able to convince Netflix of the potential of their project. Suburra is a Mafia series inspired by a feature film of the same name by Stefano Sollima, which was released in Italian cinemas in the autumn of 2015. This too was well-received by Netflix. The film is based on a novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini and is about the criminal war in and around a small coastal town just outside Rome, which becomes a gambling hub. The series expands upon this story. The series is set to be produced in 2016 in collaboration with the Italian public service broadcaster, Rai and should be available on Netflix in 2017. At INCONTRI the producer of “Suburra”, Maco Chimenz (Gomorrah, Romanzo Criminale), will provide an insight into how they were able to win this spectacular deal with the VoD giant.
We will have to wait a little longer for the first German Netflix-series, but it has been clear since the last Berlinale that Munich producers Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg (Vaterfreuden, Men in the City) have got it in the bag. “Dark” is a ten-part thriller series, centred around four families living in a typical small town in Germany. When two children mysteriously disappear the seemingly idyllic worlds of these families is suddenly shattered. Behind the façades the dark secrets of all involved come to light. Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes events take on a new dimension as investigations follow a path tracing back to 1986 and the fates of four families become tragically entangled through time and place. (Source: meedia.de)
At INCONTRI Brian Pearson, Director of Local Originals at Netflix, will be talking about both these projects and what Netflix is looking for above all in Europe.