Today, in New York it’s snowing which I like to call a Netflix Day. Who am I kidding, I use anything in my path to make my day a “Netflix” day.
Mobile and I are very good friends. It’s one of the best weapons in a storytellers’ tool box. Hey—it’s hard to get your voice heard in Hollywood mobile ability or not!
So, it’s with a great, big smile that I share that Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has ordered The OA, a new drama series starring Brit Marling. Zal Batmanglij (Sound of my Voice, The East) who will direct, and Marling and Batmanglij will co-write The OA. Eight hour-long episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.
Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix shared this about the new project: “We are thrilled to be the home of the first television series Brit and Zal create together, whether in front of or behind the camera, or both, their creative voice is always uniquely captivating."
"Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij are singular innovators who are looking to push boundaries in new ways and embrace this incredible moment of opportunity in television. We are so excited to be a part of this project,” said Plan B Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Netflix and Plan B to help bring to fruition Brit and Zal's extraordinary vision,” said Michael Sugar, executive producer and partner, Anonymous Content.
Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner from Plan B (Oscar winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (True Detective, The Knick) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. The OA is a Netflix production.
Brit Marling is an actor, writer and producer. She has starred in films including Arbitrage, and the recent I, Origins, and stars in the upcoming The Keeping Room. Previous credits include The East and Sound of My Voice, which she also produced and co-wrote with Batmanglij, as well as Another Earth, which she also produced and co-wrote with Mike Cahill. Director and writer Zal Batmaglij made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his feature debut Sound of My Voice, which was released by Fox Searchlight. The studio went on to make his next film The East, which they released in 2013.
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 57 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Plan B Entertainment
Headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B Entertainment has been responsible for producing numerous award-winning and critically acclaimed films including The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, The Normal Heart, and Selma. The company’s forthcoming slate includes THE BIG SHORT, based on Michael Lewis’s best selling book and to be directed by Adam McKay for Paramount Pictures; James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z, based on David Grann’s best selling book starring Charlie Hunnam; UNDAUNTED COURAGE, a limited series for HBO; MAMMA DALLAS, a half-hour comedy written and directed by Mike White for HBO, DEADBEAT, a half hour comedy for Hulu starring Tyler Labine; and development with a number of marquee filmmakers and writers in both film and television.
About Anonymous Content
Founded in 1999 by CEO Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a production and management company representing directors, writers, actors, and comedians. Anonymous Content has produced such award-winning and commercially successful films and television series as the Academy Award®-nominated films Babel, which also won a Golden Globe® Award; Winter’s Bone, which was nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; The Fifth Estate; Being John Malkovich; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay; as well as the box-office smash 50 First Dates.