Netflix woos France with new shows and investment as Paris office opens

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Steaming giant Netflix officially opened its new French headquarters in Paris on Friday in a move that Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said signalled a long-term commitment to the country.

Hastings, who flew into Paris to celebrate the official launch, said the new French office would enable Netflix ”to work even more closely with the French creative community on great shows and films that are made in France and watched all around the world.”

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Some 40 staff are due to be based at the new French offices in the city’s 9th arrondissement, which will also act as a development hub for local creatives. Netflix now has four offices in Europe.

To mark the event, the company officially unveiled a raft of new French original series and films.

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The new productions - many of which had already been reported on in the local media in recent months - include artificial intelligence comedy BigBug by Oscar-nominated director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and an untitled series by Call My Agent! creator and writer **** Herrero.

Based on a script by Jeunet and Guillaume Laurent, BigBug is a futuristic comedy about robots and will star lsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty and Manu Payet. 
Herrero, meanwhile, is working on a six-part series about four young comedians trying to make it in the Paris stand-up comedy scene.

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Netflix also officially announced action picture Sentinelle by Julien Leclercq, best known for hi-octane thrillers such as Of Earth And Blood and The Crew. It also confirmed it would be renewing youth-focused, sci-fi series Mortel for a second series.

The company also highlighted six previously announced high profile productions for 2020: Arsène Lupin, La Révolution, The Eddy, Vampires and two documentaries, one about soccer star Nicolas Anelka, the other on rap artist Maître Gims.

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