Elite: Netflix orders second Spanish original series
VOD News | On 14, Jul 2017
Netflix is heading back to Spain for its latest original series.
The streaming giant is increasingly stepping up its investment in European shows and films, as pressure rises on VOD services to support and release content from the continent. So far, that has mostly taken the form of co-productions with everything from UK series Marcella (ITV), Kiss Me First (Channel 4) and Watership Down (BBC) to TV2 Denmark’s Rita, Antena 3’s La Catedral del Mar and RTVE’s El Ministerio del Tempio.
Now, hot on the heels of Las Chicas del Cable, Netflix is producing its own Spanish language series once again. The effervescent, uninhibited and sensual drama is created by two leading Spanish TV writers, Carlos Montero (El comisario, The Time in Between and creator of Physical or Chemical) and Darío Madrona (Génesis, La chica de ayer and co-creator of the successful show The Protected). Élite will be executive produced by Zeta Audiovisual (Ahora o Nunca).
It takes places in Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study. It is also where three working class kids have just been admitted, after their academy was destroyed by an earthquake and the local council divided up the students between the different schools in the area. The clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose creates the perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder. Who is behind the crime?
Erik Barmack, Vice President of International original series at Netflix says: “We are excited to be working with such talented producers and writers on an edgy, young thriller from Spain that will resonate with a global audience.”
At Élite, friendships will be more complicated than ever, sex will be forbidden and romance will be close to impossible.
“Making shows for teens is very exciting, it is the time of your life when things matter the most. We are delighted to work on a show about the desire and the need to fit into an elite world where all can be great and yet all can go terribly wrong,“ says Francisco Ramos, executive producer behind two of the most successful teen blockbusters ever made in Spain, Three Steps Above Heaven and I Want You.
The first season will consist of 8 episodes and will be entirely shot in 4K, with a release date set for 2019.