Netflix teases new slate, reveals investment of PS4.8bn in UK economy

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Netflix has outlined its investment in the UK creative economy since 2020, totalling PS4.8bn from making series and films.

Almost PS1.2bn a year is now spent, an increase of nearly 50% each year between 2020 and 2023.

The US streamer has also set details of three new UK commissions. The sequel to Rory Kinnear’s Bank of Dave, produced by Tempo Productions, Future Artists and directed by Chris Foggin, is now in production. The series includes

DepartmentQ produced by Left Bank Pictures and directed by Scott Frank, The Queen’s Gambit‘s lead director. Chandni Lakhani adapted the eight-part series from the novels by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen. Department Q has previously adapted as a film series, produced by Zentropa and Nordisk Film.Keira Knightley will star in

Black Doves, created and written by Girl/Haji‘s Joe Barton, who also produces through Noisy Bear, alongside Sister. The series revolves around Carl, an ex-top-rated detective from Edinburgh who is assigned to a cold case while wracked by guilt after an attack that left a policeman dead and his partner paralyzed. This is true for Netflix, too – from Top Boy


The Crown, Heartstopper to The Tinder Swindler – our productions are some of the buzziest, most watched and zeitgeist-defining in the world.“We are deeply committed to the UK, and I’m incredibly proud to announce today that between 2020 and 2023 we will in fact have invested almost $6bn (PS4.8bn) creating Netflix series and films here, an increase of nearly 50% on what we originally anticipated.”

John McVay, CEO of Pact, added: “This is a real sign of confidence in the UK’s screen industries, reflecting our tradition of creative excellence, highly skilled crews and state of the art facilities. All of these things come together to make this country one of the best places in the world for production.”UK prime minister Rishi Sunak commented: “It is hugely welcome to see Netflix significantly increase its investment in the UK, demonstrating the sheer strength of our TV and film industry as the largest in Europe.“Our world-renowned British creative industries employ over two million people and are growing at twice the rate of the economy – and Netflix has been a key part of this success.

“Our creative talent is among the world’s best, producing entertainment that is watched across the globe and creating new jobs and opportunities here at home.”

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