Netflix has sealed an exclusive multi-year overall series deal with the creative minds behind Dark, which it describes as “one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix”. Under the terms of the deal, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar will produce new series and projects for Netflix’s 125 million members around the world.
Commenting on the deal, Erik Barmack, VP, international originals, Netflix said: “The promise of Netflix is entertainment transcending borders; where a hit show can come from anywhere in the world. We’re tremendously happy to announce our overall deal with Bo and Jantje, whose invigorating work has engaged and thrilled audiences globally. We are beyond excited to support their vision and art as storytellers.”
Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, who are from Germany, added: “We are thrilled to further expand our partnership with Netflix. It is unlike any other opportunity in our career to experience how our stories and vision are understood and loved globally. We are excited to embark on our next journey with Netflix, keep pushing boundaries and challenging viewers with new ideas. We have plenty of surprises in store.”
Friese and Odar are graduates of the University of Television and Film Munich. Their film Who Am I – No System Is Safe with Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek, was showcased at the 2014 International Film Festival in Toronto and was a critical and commercial success in Germany. After writing and directing all ten episodes of Dark, Netflix’s first German original series, they are working on the second season.