Netflix 'to get series about contemporary Middle East life'

Netflix chief content officer would like to have series about contemporary life in Middle East, he revealed at Dubai International Film Festival Discuss this article

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In October we told you that Netflix was coming to the Middle East.

Now not only has chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed its launch in the region but he’s revealed there are plans for UAE specific content.

Speaking at the Dubai International Film Festival currently taking place, he shared that the people at Netflix are on the hunt for talented types to create great TV and film about the region.

Responsible for getting the likes of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black on our screens, Sarandos opened up about a need for tales of contemporary life in this country.

“I think what’s missing on the global stage is a really great scripted series about contemporary life in the Middle East,” he commented.

“Most depictions of life in the Middle East are either historical or almost caricatures of what life for Middle Easterners would be.”

The new information was shared during live Skype chat at DIFF which runs December 9-16.

It comes as part of Netflix’s aim to be available around the globe by 2017. At the moment the subscription service has 69 million users around the world in 50 countries and by 2018 they want to reach 100 million subscribers.

At the moment the MENA region currently offer similar subscription services IcFlix and Starz Play. However two months ago it emerged job listings for the region had been spotted on Netflix’s website.

Positions they have advertised include marketing planning and analysis manager, senior manager, marketing insights, and a social media manager.

By Leah Simpson
Time Out Doha,

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