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As Netflix continues to expand its European footprint local players are forming alliances with the streaming giant famous for high-profile scripted shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”
The U.K., Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Germany are driving growth in Europe, but with an estimated 5 million U.K. subscribers, Netflix is almost as big in Blighty as it is in the other four countries combined. There it has around 5.4 million subscribers, according to Digital TV Research.
In the U.K. Netflix dwarfs Svod rivals, Sky Go, Amazon and NowTV (owned by Sky), which respectively have 2.9 million, 2 million and 1.3 million subscribers.
Do producers and broadcasters regard Netflix as friend or foe, a rival for eyeballs or a potential partner that can help stretch budgets?
Undoubtedly Netflix’s emergence as a key player, particularly in drama, has galvanized the European market. For producers, the impact of the big Svod companies is massive. »
- Steve Clarke
Netflix has picked up the Kiss Me First TV series. This new teen thiller-drama is written by Skins creator, Bryan Elsley. A Us version of Skins was cancelled by MTV, after the first season, but the UK version ran for seven series, before being cancelled.
Kiss Me First is an adaptation of the Lottie Moggach’s Ya novel, of the same name. Bryan Elsley and Melanie Stokes are executive producing, with Bradley Adams producing. Production begins this year. Read More… »
Lottie Moggach’s Kiss Me First novel, inspired in part by The Matrix, is in production as a Channel 4/Netflix collaboration…
Here’s an interesting one. UK broadcaster Channel 4 and massive online streaming service Netflix are working together to bring Lottie Moggach’s Kiss Me First novel to the small screen.
As with the hugely successful Young Adult-skewered novel – which was partly inspired by The Matrix – the Kiss Me First TV series will present the story of lonely teen Leila and social butterfly Tess.
When the former – an online videogame addict – goes missing, the latter must take up her gaming avatar to find out what happened. She heads down a digital rabbit hole consisting of dark secrets aplenty. We'll say no more for now.
An adaptation of Lottie Moggach's best-selling Young Adult novel Kiss Me First is coming to E4 and Netflix.
Described as an innovative and emotional thriller, Kiss Me First tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17 year old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbours a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.
The series will combine live action with computer-generated virtual world sequences to create the parallel worlds of Leila and Tess’ real life and that of their online alteregos ‘Shadowfax’ and ‘Mania’ in the virtual world of Agora. »
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London — Streaming service Netflix has picked up thriller series “Kiss Me First” in all territories outside the U.K., where it will air on Channel 4’s youth channel E4. The show is written by “Skins” scribe Bryan Elsley, who adapted Lottie Moggach’s young adult novel of the same name.
The series, whose first season comprises six hourlong episodes, tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbors a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.
The series will combine live action with computer-generated virtual world sequences to create the parallel worlds of Leila »
- Leo Barraclough
Brit broadcaster Channel 4 has greenlit three new contemporary drama series, one of which- Kiss Me First- will be a collaboration with Netflix. Airing on E4 in the UK and Netflix globally, Kiss Me First is the newset show from Bryan Elsley, co- creator of Skins. The emotional thriller follows the live of young gamers and explores the relationship between social media and self-image and is an adaptation of Lottie Moggach's best-selling young adult novel of the same… »
Six-part series based on Lottie Moggach’s novel explores what happens when a lonely 17-year-old meets a confident party girl on an online gaming site
Netflix has struck a deal with the Channel 4 for a thriller based on a novel partly inspired by The Matrix.
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- Mark Sweney
The Sundance Institute is including a touch of Cannes this week as the likes of Pippa Bianco (her short Share was the 2015 winner of Cannes Cinefondation), Alistair Banks Griffin (Two Gates of Sleep premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010), and the Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza tandem (from Critics’ Week Grand Prize in 2013 for Salvo) are among the dozen selected projects for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab. The immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place just prior to the festival at the Sundance Resort in Utah, January 15-20. Look for several of these projects to one day break into not only Sundance, but other major film fests. Here are the selected people & projects:
The projects and fellows selected for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab are:
In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, »
- Eric Lavallee
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