"Mako Mermaids," Sequel To Global Smash Hit Series "H2O - Just Add Water" Coming Exclusively To Netflix In July
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 25, 2013 -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), today announced "Mako Mermaids," a new adventure from the creators of global hit teen series "H2O - Just Add Water" is splashing down on July 26 exclusively on Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV Network.
"Mako Mermaids" revisits an enchanting world of magic and adventure introduced in "H2O - Just Add Water," a long-running Australian series from Jonathan M. Shiff Productions that has captured the imagination of young audiences in over 120 countries and has become a huge favorite of Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and the Nordics.
"We are thrilled to be the exclusive home of 'Mako Mermaids' in all Netflix territories," said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos. "'H2O' hit an amazing chord with teens around the world who love the clever mixture of action, comedy and romance that Jonathan Shiff and his talented team have created."
"Netflix is the perfect home for 'Mako Mermaids'," said Shiff who produced the 26 episode series in association with Screen Australia, Network Ten, ZDF Enterprises and Screen Queensland. "Our fans love to watch the show how and when they want and they often return again and again to enjoy their favorite episodes."
"'Mako Mermaids' will delight the hundreds of millions of fans around the world who have fallen in love with the world created in 'H2O' and we are really pleased to make the series available on such an innovative platform as Netflix," said Fred Burcksen, Executive VP and COO of ZDF Enterprises, who are in charge of international sales of the series and brokered the deal.
Following on where "H2O - Just Add Water" left off, mischievous teen mermaids Lyla, Nixie and Sirena, guardians of Mako Island, fail to stop 16 year old boy Zac from falling into the sacred Moon Pool and becoming a Merman. Risk being cast out forever, the mermaids must get legs, venture onto land and take back Zac's new powers.
The first thirteen episodes of "Mako Mermaids" will launch in all Netflix territories on July 26 while the thrilling second half of the season will arrive in September.
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About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children's programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.