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Netflix Announces First Original Series Made in Germany

Dark, a family saga with a supernatural twist, will debut exclusively on Netflix in 2017.

The first German production from the world’s leading Internet TV Network is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

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Dark is directed by Baran bo Odar, whose latest critically acclaimed film Who am I – No System Is Safe, starring Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek, was a German box office sensation. Who am I premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, won three German Movie Awards and the Bambi for “Best German Film.” Odar’s next film will be Sleepless Night with Oscar®-Winner Jamie Foxx.

“We’re very excited to shoot the first Netflix original series made in Germany. To be part of the family that brought amazing shows like House of Cards and Bloodline to its audience is a huge honor,” said Odar. “As Dark will be an ensemble mystery series, I especially look forward to discovering and working with new German talent. This will be a fantastic ride and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Writer Jantje Friese added, “The way Dark was embraced by Netflix was extraordinary. We’re so happy to be making this show in Germany for Netflix subscribers around the world to enjoy. We couldn’t be happier to team up again with Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann and Justyna Müsch as production partners, who have already shown with Who Am I that they can take an idea the extra mile.”

“Dark is an incredible German story that will appeal to a global audience,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President International Originals at Netflix. “Bo and Jantje are creative talents that have developed great projects in both Berlin and Hollywood, and we are thrilled to be working with them on our first original series entirely authored, shot and produced in Germany.”

“Dark is a milestone for the German market and for us as a company,” said producer and co-founder Quirin Berg. “Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese are outstanding talents and we are glad they shared this amazing idea with us. We feel privileged to continue our collaboration with both of them and we are all thrilled to join forces with a great team at Netflix to create something truly unique.”

Production is expected to start in 2016 with the series debut worldwide on Netflix in 2017.

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