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Netflix onboard Northern Rescue

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Canadian drama Northern Rescue (10×60’) has been picked up by global streamer Netflix.

The CBC-commissioned show was described by Netflix as “a heartwarming family drama” and stars William Baldwin (MacGyver) and Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First).

The series was created by Mark Bacci (Between, Real Detective), David Cormican (Between, Tokyo Trial) and Dwayne Hill (Peg + Cat, Billable Hours). It is being produced by Don Carmody Television.

The executive producers are Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Goon), Cormican, Bradley Walsh (Flower Shop Mystery, The Listener), Bacci, Baldwin and Hill. Walsh will also direct four episodes including the pilot. Production begins next month in Parry Sound, Ontario.

The show follows a man who, after the death of his wife, moves with his three kids to a small northern Canadian town to take command of the local Search & Rescue service.

The acquisition by Netflix follows the company’s success with another drama set in Canada’s northern regions, Frontier, starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as a fur trader. Netflix coproduced that show with Discovery Channel (Canada).

Netflix has previously picked up two other CBC dramas: Alias Grace and Anne With an E.

In related news, Spanish telco Telefónica has integrated Netflix into its offering for Spain and Latin America.

The partnership will allow millions of Telefónica customers across those markets to access Netflix shows across a range of genres as part of their existing package.

Netflix’s launch on Telefónica in Latin America will be announced in the coming weeks and the service will launch in Spain at the end of 2018.

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