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Netflix to produce 1st Aussie original series for ‘exclusive’ global debut

Netflix will begin work in 2018 on its first Australian original series — Tidelands — a supernatural crime drama that will debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe.

Production will start in Queensland in 2018 with the series to be produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment.

The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called Tidelanders.

Executive producers of the planned series Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath, produced the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets & Lies and its remake for the US market.

The 10-episode first season of Tidelands will be written by creator Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies), with episodes running to 50 minutes.

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said Erik Barmack, vice-president of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands – this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” said Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show.

“The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”

Tidelands is the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey.

Netflix also licenses Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to its 100 million global members.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).