Online streaming company Netflix, which added 6.7 million subscribers in the quarter ended March, has tied up with Phantom Films to create an original series based on author Vikram Chandra’s book Sacred Games. The series will be shot in India and in English and Hindi, and will be available globally once it’s completed. As of now, Netflix claims to have 81 million users in 190 countries. Phantom Films is a film production company started by director and writer Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl, who formerly led UTV Spotboy, in 2011. Note that Reliance Entertainment bought a 50% stake in Phantom Films in March last year, while the remaining 50% would be jointly owned by Phantom’s founders. At that time, both the companies planned to develop and produce 6 films yearly and distribute and syndicate films in the country and abroad from its then library of 175 films. Previous streaming deals; to spend $5 billion on content in 2016 In February, we reported that Netflix had begun acquiring original content from India and was to stream the movie Brahman Naman globally and exclusively. In november 2015, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that the company was planning to launch original Bollywood and animation programming aimed at non-US markets. In the same month, Netflix said that it would be streaming Gangs of Wasseypur as a mini-series. At the time, Hastings said that creators needed to focus on developing shows for global scale and audiences, adding that Netflix…
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