Several months after Sony Pictures Television sold the US adaptation to the UK’s Universal Channel, international distributor DCD Rights has sold the first two seasons of the original Australian drama Rake to Netflix. The streaming giant has picked up the series for the US, UK and Canadian markets, with plans to launch the series this March.
Created by Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh, and Charles Waterstreet, Rake follows Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but self destructive criminal defence barrister based in Sydney, Australia. The series is produced for Australian public broadcaster ABC by Essential Media & Entertainment and stars Richard Roxburgh (Blue Murder), Matt Day (Spooks) and Adrienne Pickering (Shutter). Two 8 episode seasons have already aired on ABC, with a third having begun earlier this month.
Rake is the latest example of Netflix going after deals which will provide exclusive content for their customers in key markets. In the UK. that has included picking up the exclusive rights to season three onwards of AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad and the upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul. On the US side of the equation, Netflix has exclusively picked up a number of international dramas including BBC Two’s The Fall. It also comes when the company is still aggressively pursuing originals with recent orders to a drama series from the team behind Damages; Marco Polo, from The Weinstein Company; and a package deal for five Marvel themed series.