Netflix Orders First Canadian Original Series


(A Hollywood Reporter Exclusive)

10/20/2014 by Etan Vlessing, Toronto writer for The Hollywood Reporter
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Jennette McCurdy

‘Between,’ starring Jennette McCurdy, will launch in all Netflix territories and a year later on Netflix Canada

Netflix has ordered its first original Canadian production.

The U.S. video streaming giant on Monday will reveal it is backing the Canadian survival thriller Between, which stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat) and is directed by series creator Michael McGowan and Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys).

The homegrown drama will debut simultaneously on City, the Canadian TV network that developed the six one-hour drama, and in all Netflix territories outside of Canada. Also north of the border, Between will initially stream on Shomi, a local market response by City-parent Rogers Communications and rival cable giant Shaw Communications to the domination of online video here by Netflix Canada.

Netflix Canada will then start offering Between a year after its initial premiere. News of the first Canadian show for Netflix follows the U.S. video streaming giant recently clashing with the country’s TV regulator on whether the U.S. digital player can be regulated as an Internet streamer.

Erik Barmack, vp global independent content at Netflix, brushed off the recent stand-off with the CRTC, insisting the U.S. streamer ordered Between because of its creative credentials.

“What you see is the ability of different groups to contribute to a great series. So you have a Canadian broadcaster, you have us and you have Canadian talent all coming together because we’re all just excited about the show,” Barmack said of the three-way deal for Between involving the U.S. streamer, City and Shomi-parent Rogers Media and Don Carmody Television.



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