Netflix UK Commissions ‘Heartstopper,’ a New 8-Part Live Action Series From See-Saw Films





Netflix UK Commissions ‘Heartstopper,’ a New 8-Part Live Action Series From See-Saw Films

Why this is a story that deserves to be told

We knew we were being pitched something incredible the first time See-Saw introduced us to the creator and artist/writer behind Heartstopper, Alice Oseman. It was clear right away that Alice not only had created these brilliant and emotionally engaging characters, but the world they populated was relatable yet somehow aspirational. The whole thing is just so poignant and beautifully crafted. To tell a love story between two boys who meet at school involves such vision and creative focus, Alice has absolutely delivered this here.

Heartstopper started out as a webcomic in 2016 and it is no surprise that something as brilliant as this hasn’t taken long to develop a large and loyal fanbase. The graphic novels are beautiful and compulsive reads laced with a unique style; sweetness and romance crossing over with contemporary and compelling plotlines. Our lead characters, Charlie and Nick, meet at school and become friends before gradually developing a romantic relationship. The emotional tension is brilliantly portrayed and I felt joy and nerves for them both throughout. When we started to develop the project we collectively decided that Alice had such a clear vision that it would make sense for her to adapt and write the episodes herself; this has paid dividends and we are confident that the 8 episodes we have commissioned will live up to the expectations of existing fans while also engaging a new audience. Alice is only 26 years old but her talent as a storyteller is astounding.

We are clear in our ambition to entertain the world and that means making the best quality content for all of our viewers. We are especially aware that younger audiences are looking for relatable and sincere stories dealing with real life subjects; not shying away from elements of their own lives.

This is a story that deserves to be told. Beyond anything else I have worked on in my career, the feeling regarding Heartstopper was that there was no way we could not make it. Alongside Alice, Heartstopper is being directed by the acclaimed Euros Lyn and incredible team at See-Saw Films – the best possible team to bring this world to life.

I am so proud to be championing Charlie and Nick’s story. We care deeply that all young people see themselves reflected in our content, and are hopeful that many people, whatever their age or identity, will see themselves in this bold and uplifting series.



Video: “Nadiya Bakes” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Nadiya Bakes” – Official Trailer – Netflix
Delightful cakes and heavenly breads pop from the oven as Nadiya Hussain returns to baking, her happy place, and spotlights creative kindred spirits.
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Nadiya Bakes | Official Trailer | Netflix

Delightful cakes and heavenly breads pop from the oven as Nadiya Hussain returns to baking, her happy place, and spotlights creative kindred spirits.



Video: “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” Season 2 – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” Season 2 – Official Trailer – Netflix
Tiffany Haddish returns to share the spotlight with a new batch of comedians who bring wildly funny and authentic takes on life in this stand-up series.
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Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Tiffany Haddish introduces six of her favorite comedians to Netflix members around the world. The second season of the Emmy-nominated stand-up comedy series, They Ready, premieres on February 2, only on Netflix.



Video: “Mighty Express” Season 2 Trailer – Netflix Jr





Video: “Mighty Express” Season 2 Trailer – Netflix Jr
The new season is available on Netflix on Tuesday, February 2.
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Mighty Express Season 2 Trailer | Netflix Jr

Season 2 is here! Catch a ride with the Mighty Express – a team of trains and their kid friends who overcome trouble on the tracks with quick thinking and teamwork! Season 2 of Mighty Express is available on Netflix February 2.



Video: “Fate: The Winx Saga” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Fate: The Winx Saga” – Official Trailer – Netflix
Determined to master their enchanting powers, a group of teens navigate rivalry, romance and supernatural studies at Alfea, a magical boarding school.
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Fate: The Winx Saga | Official Trailer | Netflix

Alfea College is more than just magic. Get ready for friendship, love, rivalries, monsters, and a new journey into the Otherworld – coming January 22.

Fate: The Winx Saga follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.



Video: “Space Sweepers” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Space Sweepers” – Official Trailer – Netflix
Chasing after space debris and faraway dreams in year 2092, four misfits unearth explosive secrets during the attempted trade of a wide-eyed humanoid.
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Space Sweepers | Official Trailer | Netflix

It’s a Big Universe, Full of Valuable Trash! Song Joong-ki | Kim Tae-ri | Jin Sun-kyu | Yoo Hai-jin These Misfits Just Might Save The World! Get on board with the Space Sweepers February 5, Only on Netflix.

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.



Netflix to Release Sky Rojo on March 19





Netflix to Release Sky Rojo on March 19

Stay alive for five more minutes. That’s the plan.

SKY ROJO PREMIERES MARCH 19

The creators of Money Heist return with a new action series starring Verónica Sánchez, Asier Etxeandia, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Lali Espósito, Yany Prado and Enric Auquer

Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato have opted for an innovative format with fast-paced, 25-minute episodes.

Madrid, January 19th 2021 – Dark humor, a healthy serving of action and pure adrenaline. That is the promise of Sky Rojo, the new title from Netflix that will premiere worldwide on March 19. The first season adopts a truly innovative format for a drama series, with eight 25-minute episodes and a mix of genres that Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato (Money Heist), its creators, have dubbed ‘Latin pulp’.

The stars of Sky Rojo, Coral (Verónica Sánchez), Wendy (Lali Espósito) and Gina (Yany Prado) go on the run in search of freedom while being chased by Romeo (Asier Etxeandia), their pimp from Las Novias Club, and his henchmen, Moisés (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) and Christian (Enric Auquer). Together, the women embark on a frantic, chaotic journey during which they must face dangers of all kinds and live every second as if it were their last, while strengthening their friendship and discovering the most important thing: that together they are stronger and have more options to recover their lives.

“We wanted Sky Rojo to have the same frenetic action as always, but to use that 25-minute runtime to underline the dynamic nature of the plot: the getaway, the race for survival. The third act of a movie or an episode is where all the energy converges to produce the most vibrant explosion of all the conflicts that are being narrated. What we set out to do was to make a constant third act, to funnel our entire story through that frenzied energy”, say Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato.

Filmed on location in Madrid and Tenerife, Sky Rojo has two confirmed eight-episode seasons. The series is produced by Vancouver Media for Netflix and its international cast is headed by Verónica Sánchez (The Pier, 13 Roses), Asier Etxeandia (Pain and Glory, Velvet), Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Velvet, Sense8), the Argentinean singer and actress Lali Espósito (Casi Ángeles, Esperanza Mía), Cuban actress Yany Prado (La doble vida de Estela Carrillo, La reina soy yo) and Enric Auquer (La línea invisible, Perfect Life).

Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato are the creators and executive producers of Sky Rojo alongside Jesús Colmenar, with support from co-executive producers David Barrocal, Migue Amoedo and David Victori. The new original series is directed by Jesús Colmenar, Óscar Pedraza, David Victori, Albert Pintó, Javier Quintas and Eduardo Chapero-Jackson. The scriptwriting team is made up of Álex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, David Barrocal, David Oliva, Javier Gómez Santander, Juan Salvador López and Mercedes Rodrigo. Migue Amoedo has taken the lead as cinematographer alongside David Azcano and David Acereto, while Juan López Olivar and Cristina López Ferraz are heading up production management.

About Vancouver Media

Vancouver Media is a television production company founded in late 2016 by Álex Pina that aims to create shows that stand out from the rest. Since its launch, it has developed Money Heist, The Pier, and White Lines, with Sky Rojo its newest addition.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments..



NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU AND JOE COLE STAR IN NETFLIX FEATURE FILM AGAINST THE ICE





NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU AND JOE COLE STAR IN NETFLIX FEATURE FILM AGAINST THE ICE

– THE FILM, DIRECTED BY PETER FLINTH, RECENTLY FINISHED FILMING

19 January, 2021 – Today Netflix announced Against the Ice, a feature film directed by award winning Danish director Peter Flinth and starring Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and BAFTA nominee Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Skins). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau adapted the original Danish novel Two Against the Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen into a screenplay with Joe Derrick. The English language film is produced by the acclaimed filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur and his RVK Studios, the Icelandic production company behind the Netflix original series Katla and newly announced Entrapped.

In 1909, Denmark’s Alabama Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to North Eastern Greenland, a claim that was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving their crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they now must fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia, a dangerous cocktail in their fight for survival. Against the Ice is a true story of friendship, love and the awe-inspiring power of companionship.

Additional cast includes Charles Dance (The Crown) and Heida Reed (Poldark).

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: “Against the Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning. It combines a lot of themes that excite me: adventure, Greenland, companionship, loyalty and love. It is an intense exploration of two men, two opposites, trapped in an epic dangerous setting. It is also a story of living under extreme pressure and circumstances, of constant struggle for survival, fighting off threats of extreme cold, lack of food, hungry polar bears and not least the frailty of the human mind. Peter Flinth sent me the book “Two against the ice” by Ejnar Mikkelsen. I read it, fell in love with it and started adapting it together with Joe Derrick. Together we set up our own banner: ill kippers. Against the Ice is our first project. Luck would have it that Netflix wanted to be the home for our film, which I will forever be grateful for. To be able to shoot this film with Peter Flinth directing and Baltasar Kormákur producing is and has been a dream scenario for me. I cannot wait to share Against the Ice with audiences everywhere.”

Baltasar Kormákur: “It was an honor when David Kosse asked me to join the team of Against the Ice and take the helm as the lead producer. The true story of Mikkelsen and Iversen grabbed my attention from the get go. A story of friendship through survival in the worst possible conditions, told with humor. It was a welcomed challenge to take this on and shoot it in the Icelandic highlands and in Greenland. Putting together a great team of talent both above and below the line; a crew of awesome people that were up for the challenge and ready to make the most out of the conditions given the extreme circumstances this movie deserved to be shot in.”

Claire Willats, Manager, International Original Film, EMEA: “We jumped on the chance to bring this incredibly gripping story to screens. Working with the talented Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Derrick, Peter Flinth and Baltasar Kormákur and seeing their creative vision take form as they brought this vivid story and its characters to life has been an exciting journey to be part of. Against the Ice will introduce our members to a story of survival, companionship and strength which we’re confident will engage and entertain.”

Principal photography of Against the Ice recently wrapped. The film is directed by Peter Flinth and produced by the internationally recognized and acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur (Everest) together with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The Director of Photography is Torben Forsberg, the sound recordist is Pétur Einarsson and the editor is Morten Hojbjerg (The Crown). The music is composed by Oscar Nominee Volker Bertelmann.

Against the Ice will release globally on Netflix in 2021. Release date is still to be announced.

www.netflix.com/againsttheice

About RVK Studios

RVK Studios is an Icelandic production company focusing on film and TV shows and is founded by award winning director/producer Baltasar Kormákur. RVK Studios has had great success with titles like Jar City, The Deep, Virgin Mountain and 101 Reykjavik. The company’s producer credits also include Baltasar Kormákur’s English language feature films: Everest, Contraband and Adrift. Trapped, the critically acclaimed TV series has been sold worldwide and is now in production of its sequel season, Entrapped.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.



Video: “The Crew” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “The Crew” – Official Trailer – Netflix
Life in the garage swerves off track for a NASCAR crew chief and his tight-knit racing team when a new boss steps in and shakes things up.
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The Crew | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Crew stars Kevin James as the crew chief for a NASCAR team. When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter, James has to protect himself and his crew from her attempts to modernize the team. Watch The Crew only on Netflix, February 15.



Video: “Strip Down, Rise Up” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Strip Down, Rise Up” – Official Trailer – Netflix
In an effort to reclaim their bodies and lives, a group of women explore the intersections of movement and meaning in a powerful pole dancing program.
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“Strip Down, Rise Up” | Official Trailer | Netflix

A diverse group of women heal their trauma and body image issues through sensual movement and the art of pole dancing.