Netflix is emerging into the Chinese audience market. The streaming platform just announced that they are directing and releasing the first Chinese language original series from Taiwan, Bardo (擺渡身).
The series will be an 8 episode jailbreak thriller in collaboration with the award-winning production company IFA Media directed by Sam Quah.
The series follows the journey of Ah Quan, a good man who has descended into crime and now waits in prison for execution.
Meanwhile, Baidu’s iQiyi – a top video portal in China with nearly 500 million monthly viewers – has agreed to a deal that will see it show some Netflix content.
Netflix previously said that regulatory barriers had prevented it from launching its service in China.
Robert Roy, Netflix’s vice-president of content acquisition said:
“We’d love to have a direct relationship in China and it’s just a matter of when and how, and that’s something that we’re trying to figure out over time,”
Source: South China Morning Post