Netflix will commission original African shows — Quartz Africa

African subscribers of Netflix will soon have more local options of shows to watch.

The global streaming giant has confirmed plans to order original series from Africa next year to add to its ever-growing roster. At last week’s Content London conference, Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international originals, said the company is “in the process of looking at opportunities in Africa” and will “definitely” commission series from Africa in 2019.

The move is part of Netflix’s plans to make its content library as diverse as its global audience. The company is looking to provide users outside the US and Europe with original content featuring their local stars. It has already commissioned its first original Arabic series, Jinn, a six-episode story based on Middle East…

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