Variety reports that Netflix has committed to producing a U.K.-based TV show called Sex Education.
The new show will be a coming-of-age tale about an awkward teen boy named Otis Thompson. Sex Education will center around the teen’s relationship with his mother, a sex therapist. The story will also reveal how the character teams up with another teen to create an underground sex therapy clinic for other teenagers.
According to Variety, the series is set to go into production in early 2018. Netflix plans to release the film internationally the next year in 2019.
Sex Education highlights the streaming service’s new efforts to bring more localized original content to a global audience. Netflix has increased its efforts to produce shows in different countries, such as the U.K. The company’s plans also appear to include drawing upon the talents of writers, directors and actors from the countries and regions where new content is produced.
The service is producing a variety of shows and movies across the globe, from countries including in South America and Africa. The Netflix original film, Beasts of No Nation, is an example of an early success story for this new focus. The movie was filmed in various locations in Africa, including Ghana. Beasts of No Nation starred Idris Elba and later went on to receive major accolades and awards for its acting.
Netflix is also bringing its first German series, Dark, to the international market. Dark premieres on Netflix December 1.
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