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Danish partnership and new original for Netflix

NetflixBuilding4Netflix has teamed up with Denmark’s TV2 to commission a third season of Rita, TV2’s comedy drama about a politically incorrect school teacher. 

The third season of the show will be produced by SF Film Production and will be funded by a partnership between the Danish broadcaster and the US-based subscription video-on-demand provider, with further support provided by Demnark’s Public Service Fund and other partners.

Season three of Rita will air in the spring on TV2 and will be available on Netflix in Demnark shortly thereafter. Netflix said it would make the show available to members throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Australia and New Zealand later this year.

“We’ve wanted a new season of Rita for a long time because Rita is a strong and modern piece of TV drama, which focuses on our public school system and how we organize it,” said TV 2’s Program Director, Anne Engdal Stig Christensen. “The financial partnership with Netflix has been crucial for the production of the third season of Rita.”

“Season three is made possible through a new co-operation between TV 2, Netflix and The Public Service Fund and other partners where Netflix invests in original Danish drama. This is an interesting co-operation which can become of importance in future financing of Danish drama,” says Claus Ladegaard, Head of Department, Production & Development, Danish Film Institute.

Separately, Netflix is making an original series based on the 2001 comedy feature film Wet Hot American Summer.

The series will run to eight episodes and feature several of the cast of the film, which included Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and  Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).

The series has been written by the creators of the movie, David Wain (Wanderlust) and Michael Showalter (Signs).

The movie, which Wain also directed, was set on the last day of a fictional US summer camp as camp.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

Tags: Denmark, Netflix, TV2, US