Netflix, Canadian media strike original programming deal with Between
| 21 October 2014
Canada is home to a three-way partnership between Roger's City, Netflix and shomi, which will collaborate on a premium drama series, dubbed Between.
Billed as "an original survivalist thriller series," Between was created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat).
The arrangement is an amalgamation of a streaming and a broadcast deal. The first season of six, one-hour episodes will premiere on City and shomi in Canada, and on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere.
"We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programmes, and Between offers just that," said Nataline Rodrigues, director of original programming at pay-TV provider Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment."
Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a ten-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.
"With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, head of content and programming at shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand."