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Netflix, Fabula make Baby in Italy

Global streamer Netflix has ordered its third Italian original series, with local firm Fabula Pictures handling production.

Erik Barmack

Coming-of-age drama Baby centres on the lives of high-school students in Rome’s Parioli neighbourhood who defy society in their search for identity and independence against the backdrop of forbidden love, family pressures and shared secrets.

The eight-episode series is loosely based on the Baby Squillo scandal – the 2013 exposure of a child prostitution racket in Parioli.

Baby joins Cattleya-produced gangster thriller Suburra and a recently announced docuseries about football team Juventus as part of Netflix’s Italian output.

Rome-based Fabula Pictures will produce the series, which has been written by fledgling collective Grams, the brainchild of young writers Antonio Le Fosse, Eleonora Trucchi, Marco Raspanti, Giacomo Mazzariol and Re Salvador. Isabella Aguilar and Giacomo Durzi have also joined the writing team for the series.

“We are proud to continue to invest in original content in Italy, and Baby is representative of the new, edgy programming from talented producers that we cherish,” said Erik Barmack, VP of international originals at Netflix.

Fabula Pictures executive producer Nicola De Angelis added that the “creative freedom Netflix grants” provided the ideal environment to “break new ground in storytelling for Italian television.”

In related news, Netflix has announced a Korean original film called Psychokinesis. It comes from Yeon Sang-Ho, director of zombie thriller Train to Busan, and focuses on a father who sets out to save his troubled daughter after suddenly gaining superpowers.

It will stream alongside nuclear-focused political film Steel Rain and crime thriller The Chase, part of a Netflix partnership with creators Contents Panda – the international business division of Korean distributor Next Entertainment World.

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