Netflix signs for second original series from Spain

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NETFLIX has revealed plans for its second ‘Netflix original’ Spanish series, ‘Elite’, which focuses on teens at an elite private school in Spain.

The drama is scheduled for a worldwide premiere on Netflix in 2019.

Elite boasts one of the most successful writing teams in Spain’s current TV landscape – Carlos Montero (‘Physical or Chemical’) and Dario Madrona (‘Genesis’), who also co-created the hit ‘The Protected’.

Zeta Producciones will produce the eight-episode first season entirely in 4K and heading up the project will be producer Francisco Ramos – who worked on box-office hits ‘I Want You’ and ‘Three Metres Above Heaven’.

‘We [are] excited about working with such important writers and producers within the Spanish industry on a very different kind of teen thriller that will cross borders and affect audiences globally,’ Erik Barmack, vp original series at Netflix told The Hollywood Reporter.

Elite tells the story of teens admitted into Spain’s most elite private school only to find three students from underprivileged families admitted when their public school crumbles because of an earthquake.

Tensions run high and culminate in a murder. But who committed the crime?

‘Making a series for teens is very exciting because it is a time of life in which everything is transcendent. We are thrilled to work on a series about desire and the need to fit into a society where everything seems perfect, but where everything can go wrong,’ Ramos told The Hollywood Reporter.

The murder mystery follows the success of Spain’s first Netflix original series, ‘Cable Girls’ – set in 1920s Madrid, the story of four women from different backgrounds newly hired as operators for a phone company as they manage romance, friendship and the modern workplace.

Netflix recently said the second season of Cable Girls would premiere in December.

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