Netflix plans to order original series from Africa in 2019, apart from shows it’s already producing in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

This was made known by Erik Barmack, the streaming giant’s vice president of international originals.

Netflix’s Europe team is “in the process of looking at opportunities in Africa. It’s definitely the case that we’ll commission some series in 2019,” Barmack said at the Content London conference this week.

So, apart from acquiring Akin Omotoso’s 'Vaya' and Genevieve Nnaji’s 'Lion Heart' which had the production costs solely carried out by the filmmakers, Netflix is already scouting for original scripts with local casts to invest in ahead of 2019.

 “There’s going to come a time when half of the top 10 of most-watched shows in a given year are going to come from outside of the U.S.,” Barmack said.

“I don’t think that’s very actually far away. I think that’s going to come in years, not decades,” he added.

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For talent, this means it will no longer be necessary to relocate to Hollywood to become a breakout star in a globalized TV world.

“The big message we want to communicate to talent is you don’t have to leave home to get big audiences, and you don’t have to choose Hollywood versus your own country,” Barmack said.


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