Netflix and Unorthodox creator Anna Winger and her production company Airlift Productions have formed a multi-year creative partnership. The overall contract provides for Winger and Airlift to develop and produce international drama series for the streamer.
The partnership’s first project is Transatlantic (working title), a drama series set in Marseille, France during the refugee crisis in 1940. It is inspired by the true adventures of the Emergency Rescue Committee and Julie Orringer’s 2019 novel The Flight Portfolio. The series is created by Winger and Daniel Hendler and is currently in preproduction.
Winger is also working with Anne Mensah’s Netflix team in the UK on a contemporary original series set in the English countryside, while Airlift has continued to expand its team with Camille McCurry as a partner. Airlift is based in Berlin and works with authors from around the world on projects in Europe, Africa and the UK. Winger will also work with Netflix’s Grow Creative initiative to nurture the next generation of talent in Europe.
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Winger: “Berlin is a hub for international artists. As an American who lives and works here, far from Hollywood, my work is deeply rooted in the local conversations. I founded Airlift as the umbrella for the resulting collaborations and I am thrilled that Netflix gives us such a direct connection to the global audience. This partnership is an opportunity to build on our unorthodox experience and bring ambitious projects to life. “
Rachel Eggebeen, Netflix Director of Original Series, EMEA, added: “We are very excited about our new partnership with Anna. After experiencing her magic while working on Unorthodox, we are already aware of her unique talent for turning stories into exciting world hits. The combination of Anna’s creative vision and our ambitions for our growing European drama range fits together perfectly. We look forward to working with Anna and the Airlift Productions team to make their series available to our members in Germany and around the world. “
In addition to Unorthodox, Winger also founded Germany83. It is represented by UTA. McCurry began her career as a lawyer in the music industry before moving to film and television and working as an agent for United Agents in the UK representing award-winning European writers and directors.