Netflix introducing string of new Turkish projects amid increased media restrictions

U.S. streaming giant Netflix is preparing for the production of a slate of Turkish original series and films, entertainment magazine Variety reported on Tuesday, just weeks after the country enacted a law that strengthens authorities' control over online services.

Netflix revealed its upcoming Turkey projects during a content presentation on Tuesday, Variety said, highlighting an untitled new action series directed by Tolga Karaçelik, starring actor Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, as well as a drama series titled “The Uysals,” featuring the story of an architect who leads a double life as a punk, directed by Onur Saylak.

Other upcoming Turkey-produced series also include “Midnight at the Pera Palace,” an adaptation of the non-fiction book of the same name written by Charles King, directed by Emre Şahin.

The series tells the story of a young journalist’s encounter with Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel, where she discovers a historic room that is a portal to the year 1919.

“As the Crow Flies” from writer Meriç Acemi, features the clash between Gen X and Gen Z, Variety said, while “Club,” directed by Zeynep Günay Tan and Seren Yüce, tells the story of a seamstress working at an Istanbul nightclub in 1955.

Netflix’s spate of Turkish productions arrive as new regulations threaten the presence of online platforms in the country. If service providers fail to obey requests to remove content and appoint a Turkey representative, they will risk fines of up to 4.3 million euros.

“We believe that Turkey is one of the major creative centres for great storytelling that resonates around the world. Therefore, ramping up our investment with our new originals makes us extremely excited,” Pelin Diştaş, Netflix’s director of original content for Turkey, said.

Nuha Eltayeb, director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix, said the streaming service wanted to offer members increased opportunities to share stories. 

“We hope that the new projects we announced today offer a glimpse of our love and passion for content made in Turkey,” Eltayeb said.

Other upcoming original series include “Fatma”, “50m2”, and films “Struggle Alley”, “Leyla Everlasting” and “Azizler,” Variety reported.