Netflix Acquires South African Teen Series ‘Blood & Water’ To Continue Its Push Into African Originals

In an effort to continue its mission to showcase original African content, Netflix has acquired the new South African teen series “Blood & Water.”

The series is directed by Nosipho Dumisa and follows a local teen who uncovers her family’s secret past while journeying through the complicated world of a South African high school.

The news of this new acquisition comes two months after Netflix’s announcement that it had bagged its first African original, “Queen Sono,” and last week’s announcement that it had acquired the South African drama “Shadow,” about a former cop with superpowers, which will be released globally on Netflix in March 2019.

“Blood & Water” stars an up-and-coming South African cast and will be produced by Gambit Films. Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua will be writing and co-directing with Dumisa.
The series is scheduled to kick-off production later this year and is expected to launch globally in more than 190 countries in 2020.

Nosipho Dumisa said that she and Gambit Films are excited to be working with Netflix on this amazing young adult drama with a refreshing look at powerful female leads and also an explosive mystery at its core. She said that this series would delve into the real issues of South African youth culture while keeping viewers guessing with its twists.

Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals in Turkey, Europe and Africa - Kelly Luegenbiehl said that Netflix is delighted to be investing more in African content and is excited about partnering with Nosipho and Gambit Films to deliver the second original series from South Africa to Netflix.

She added that following the launch of ‘Queen Sono,’ ‘Blood & Water’ was the next step in Netflix's further investment in original African content and that the streaming giant was excited to explore more projects across Africa.

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