With a delay of around two years, Netflix has finally opened its own branch in Berlin, which will be responsible for the growing number of productions in the German-speaking region. Berlin is thus the fifth Netflix location in Europe after Amsterdam, London, Madrid and Paris.
Good news for all those involved in film production in this country: Netflix plans to invest around 500 million euros in 80 productions, which include series, films and shows, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by 2023. At the 2,500-square-foot office, located on Warschauer Platz in Berlin, which also includes its own movie theater, around 80 employees will take care of Netflix productions in the German-speaking world and network with local filmmakers.
These investments are due not only to the worldwide success of German Netflix productions such as "Dark," "How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)" and "Unorthodox" and Netflix&s desire for productions that are attractive to local audiences, but also to the European film quota, which stipulates that around 30% of the content of streaming portals (like TV channels before) must be produced in Europe.
Nothing new in the West
Netflix currently has eleven million subscribers in German-speaking countries. Upcoming Netflix productions include novel adaptations such as Edward Berger&s Im Westen nichts Neues and Christian Schwochow&s München - Im Angesicht des Krieges, Jantje Friese&s mystery-history mini-series 1899, as well as Katrin Gebbe and Florian Cossen&s The Empress and Matthias Schweighöfer&s Army of Thieves, a prequel to "Army of the Dead."