Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) announced two deals this week to keep its original programming lineup stocked. It ordered a third season of "Lilyhammer," a drama about a former gangster who relocates to Norway, and it said it ordered "Marco Polo," an original series from the Weinstein Company. Both series will hit Netflix's watch-instantly catalog in 2014.
Shooting for "Marco Polo" is set to begin in Malaysia soon, Netflix said. The show will involve the directors of the film "Kon-Tiki," as well as producers associated with "Game of Thrones" and "Young Guns," Netflix said. "With the glowing success of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, it's clear that Netflix is breaking tremendous ground in the realm of streaming original content," Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said. Reports that Netflix had bought the show first surfaced in August.
With the third season of "Lilyhammer," Netflix will again work with Rubicon TV AS and Red Arrow International. The show's first two seasons are still available on Netflix--Season 2 debuted on the service in December in seven countries. "Lilyhammer is the type of global show that Netflix members around the world have discovered and love and season three will see that world expand even more," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.
- Read the "Marco Polo" press release
- Read the "Lilyhammer" press release
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