Transnationalisation revisited through the Netflix Original: An analysis of investment strategies in Europe

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Players in the European market have developed a series of transnational collaborations and practices in the cross-border production and distribution of audio-visual content, media ownership, regulation, and audience reception. Transnational subscription video-on-demand platforms have also visibly increased their investments in original content, in their attempt to expand and maintain their international subscriber bases. Among them, Netflix has been particularly active in investing in European markets. This article traces the evolution of Netflix investments in European original scripted series produced between 2012-2020 and analyses the platform’s investment strategies in European markets through the lens of transnational television theory. The findings point to various elements of transnationalisation, placing European originals at the intersection between local and global, through market dynamics, strategic collaborations, and content with transnational appeal. The findings also confirm the growing importance of rights retention and premium content offerings through the increase of big-budget commissions, particularly in developed European markets.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)236–254
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftConvergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - feb 2022


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