Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Strikes First UK Content Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Strikes First UK Content Deal

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Netflix has signed one of its first UK content deals, buying the UK original of Being Human and the US remake.

All four series of the BBC3 show will debut next month, while the two 13 x 60-minute Syfy US series will become available to stream on the service in January.

Zodiak Rights chief executive Matthew Frank said the deal was indicative of the digital rights space growing up. "A couple of years ago, digital sales accounted for less than 1% of our turnover. By the end of this year, they are likely to be between 5% and 10% of distribution revenue.

"I've commissioned a report analysing the big players in the digital space and what kinds of deals they are doing because we feel there is a major sales opportunity in this area."

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was at MIPCOM this week talking up the VoD service's strengths. …

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