MIPTV: Netflix Takes ITV Drama 'Marcella' From 'The Bridge' Creator

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Anna Friel

Hans Rosenfeldt's thriller about a London police officer in the Murder Squad will bow globally on the U.S. streaming service after an ITV debut in the U.K.

A globally expanding Netflix has acquired the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to Marcella, the new crime drama series from The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeldt, after inking a deal with Cineflix Rights.

Marcella, produced by Buccaneer Media for ITV, is co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder and follows a police officer who returns to London's Murder Squad after a 12-year break to take on an unsolved murder case from a decade earlier. The drama will bow on Netflix globally on July 1, outside of the U.K. and Ireland, where Marcella premieres on April 4.

"We got involved with the series early on in the process to gain the opportunity to bring Hans' great storytelling to our members around the world — right after its initial U.K. broadcast on ITV," said Larry Tanz, vp global TV at Netflix, on Monday in a statement.

Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael, Nicholas Pinnock, Sinead Cusack and Harry Lloyd star in Marcella, which was commissioned by ITV after the Scandinavian TV thriller The Bridge was remade for the U.S. and the U.K. The eight-episode one-hour series is executive produced by Rosenfeldt, Larder and Tony Wood for Buccaneer Media, a division of Canadian-based studio Cineflix Media.

Netflix did the acquisition deal with Cineflix Rights, the sales and distribution division of Cineflix Media, which holds the exclusive international distribution rights to Marcella. "It’s been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Hans Rosenfeldt on Marcella, and naturally we’re delighted that audiences around the world will be able to enjoy the series on Netflix," said Buccaneer Media CEO Tony Wood in his own statement.