Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) bolstered its original series pipeline this week by acquiring the rights to a new series. The show, "Marco Polo," was originally commissioned by Starz, one of Netflix's most important early content partners.
Produced by the Weinstein Company and Electus, the project was originally conceived as a nine-episode series to be filmed in China. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz released the project after it ran into problems filming there.
Meanwhile, Netflix is beginning to promote "Derek," the next original series in Netflix's portfolio set to debut this year. The show is scheduled to be released next month. It was developed by and stars "The Office" creator Ricky Gervais.
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