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Netflix forms creative partnership with Unorthodox creator Anna Winger

US-based streaming giant Netflix has signed a multi-year partnership with Anna Winger, creator of Unorthodox and Deutschland 83, and her production company Airlift Productions.

Anna Winger

The overall deal will see Winger and Airlift Productions develop and produce international drama series for Netflix. The Airlift Productions team is also being expanded with the appointment of Camille McCurry from agency United Agents as partner.

Based in Berlin, the production company is working with writers from around the world on projects set in Europe, Africa and the UK. Winger will also work with Netflix’s Grow Creative initiative to help foster the next generation of talent in Europe.

The first project for the partnership with Netflix will be Transatlantic (working title), a drama series set during the 1940 refugee crisis in Marseilles, France. It is inspired by the true adventures of the Emergency Rescue Committee and Julie Orringer’s 2019 novel The Flight Portfolio. The series is created by Winger and Daniel Hendler and is currently in pre-production.

Winger is also working with Anne Mensah’s team in the UK on a contemporary original series set in the English countryside, Netflix said this morning.

Winger said: “Berlin is a crossroads for international artists. As an American living and working here, far from Hollywood, my work is deeply rooted in local conversations. I founded Airlift as an umbrella for resulting collaborations and am thrilled that Netflix provides us with such a direct connection to the global audience. This partnership is an opportunity to build on our Unorthodox experience, bringing ambitious projects to life.”

Rachel Eggebeen, director of original series for EMEA at Netflix, added: “The combination of Anna’s creative vision and our ambitions for our growing European drama offering align perfectly. We’re looking forward to working with Anna and the team at Airlift Productions to bring their series to our members in Germany and around the world.”

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