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Netflix commissions first original docuseries

Netflix has made good on its promise to move into original non-fiction, commissioning four-part docuseries Russell Peters vs. the World, which follows the titular comedian (pictured) while on tour.
September 3, 2013

VoD service Netflix has made good on its promise to move into original non-fiction, commissioning four-part docuseries Russell Peters vs. the World.

The series will follow the titular comedian (pictured above) on his global ‘Notorious’ tour, and will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available: the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Canada, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It launches October 14.

“Russell’s genius is his uncanny gift to identify the idiosyncratic within all of us,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of originals. “He is prolific, fresh and a global force that will resonate with our members around the world.”

In addition to the non-fiction series, Netflix has also commissioned a 70-minute stand-up comedy special featuring Peters, entitled Notorious.

The news comes after Netflix revealed in July that it would look to build upon the success of original programming such as House of Cards with original comedy and non-fiction fare.

Russell Peters vs. the World is executive produced by Russell Peters and Clayton Peters.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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