Netflix Picks Up Teen Drama From U.K.'s Channel 4
'Kiss Me First,' from the creator of 'Skins,' will stream exclusively on the SVOD platform outside of Britain.
Netflix has signed a deal with British broadcaster Channel 4, giving it streaming rights for an upcoming six-part teen drama outside of the U.K.
Kiss Me First, written by Bryan Elsley (Skins) and adapted from Lottie Moggach's young adult novel, will first screen on Channel 4's youth-oriented E4 channel, with Netflix later streaming the series exclusively in all its markets except Britain.
The story follows a lonely 17-year-old girl who becomes addicted to an online gaming site, where she makes a new friend with a dark secret. It will will combine live action with computer-generated virtual world sequence, something Channel 4 says it hopes will provide a platform for "exploring the loneliness and isolation experienced by young people" and the disparity between appearance and reality in the social media age.
"Netflix is committed to bringing the work of bold and innovative voices like Bryan's to our subscribers around the world," said Netflix's vp global television, Larry Tanz. "Kiss Me First is a show with global themes and resonance, and we are proud to launch the show simultaneously across the entire world, exclusively on Netflix immediately after its broadcast in the U.K."
Channel 4 last year scored a hit with Humans, a co-production with AMC, plus Indian Summers, backed by PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. Both series are set to be returning for second series.