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Hot on the heels of announcing its $8 billion investment in content over the next 12 months, Netflix has revealed ten new projects in Europe including seven original series, two documentaries and a film.

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The new projects form part of a total of over 100 planned projects in the EMEA region, originating in 16 countries spanning from Europe to, for the first time, the Middle East and Africa, in 16 languages. This, says the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) leader, nearly doubles the number of produced shows and investment since 2017, and accounts for over 35,000 people working on the local productions.

The ten new European projects include the first Dutch original series for the Netherlands plus original series Mortel (France), The Wave (Germany), Luna Nera (Italy), La Casa de Papel Part 3 (Spain), The English Game (UK), Turn Up Charlie (UK). The other content items comprise a French docu-series and The Staircase, a French production shot in the US, and the Italian film Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti.

Netflix also announced the global launch date, 29 June 2018, for the second season of Glow plus the launch of new series Maniac, and casting for the third series of global cult hit Stranger Things.

"Our belief is that great storytelling transcends borders. When stories from different countries, languages and cultures find a worldwide platform where the only limitation is the creator's imagination, then unique, yet universal, stories emerge that are embraced by a global audience," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, commenting on the new slate. "With over 100 European projects launching this year, we are committed to being a voice for European entertainment, giving passionate local content creators a worldwide platform to share their vision, and offering consumers around the world unique and diverse stories they can discover and enjoy, anywhere, anytime and at the same time, no matter their place or language of origin. And this is just the beginning of our journey."

Netflix says that it has been buoyed by the success of shows such as Dark (Germany), Suburra (Italy), Las Chicas del Cable (Spain) and Black Mirror (UK), which have gained traction with local and global territories. The SVOD firm cited the case of Dark, which debuted in Germany in December 2017 and, generated unexpected fandom in countries such as Chile, Bangladesh and Canada. Indeed, Netflix revealed that every hour of Dark watched in Germany, nine hours were watched internationally.