Netflix has picked up both TNT’s sci-fi action thriller series remake of “Snowpiercer” and Bravo’s new anthology series “Dirty John” with plans to handle the international distribution for both shows under its co-licensing model. Both shows are set to launch in 2019.
“Snowpiercer” was picked up to series by TNT and stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in the story of the last of mankind surviving on a perpetually moving train through a frozen wasteland. “Dirty John” received a two-season, straight-to-series order from Bravo earlier this year and stars Connie Britton and Eric Bana in the story of a romantic charmer who pulls a woman into his web of deceit, denial and manipulation.
Netflix has been increasingly making these kinds of deals for various shows which stay on their original broadcasters in North America but are released episode-by-episode, within hours of them airing in the U.S., in the rest of the world’s markets where Netflix is established.
Netflix pays a huge fee to do this, in many cases covering most if not all the show’s budget which often will get the series greenlit. Series to have adopted this model include “Star Trek Discovery,” “Riverdale,” “Better Call Saul,” “Black Lightning,” “Shooter,” “Designated Survivor,” “Dynasty” and the upcoming “Nightflyers”.