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Netflix revs up automotive content with two new series

Global streaming platform Netflix has bolstered its motor-focused programming with two original series from MAK Pictures and Whalerock Industries. Anchoring the slate is Car Masters: Rust to Riches from MAK Pictures. ...
August 15, 2018

Global streaming platform Netflix has bolstered its motor-focused programming with two original series from MAK Pictures and Whalerock Industries.

Anchoring the slate is Car Masters: Rust to Riches from MAK Pictures. The eight-episode series, which premieres Sept. 14, features Mark Towle and his team at Gotham Garage who turn beat up old cars into six-figure paydays. The series is executive produced by Mark KadinWill EhbrechtRob Hammersley, Michael Lutz, John Stokel and Scott Popjes.

Netflix is also adding the high-stakes tournament series Hyperdrive to its platform. The 10-part series from Whalerock Industries and Denver & Delilah Productions spotlights daring drivers from across the globe who compete for glory on an automotive obstacle course. Aaron Catling serves as showrunner and executive producer. Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Charlize Theron, Beth Kono and AJ Dix also serve as executive producers on the series.

Hyperdrive is currently filming in Rochester, New York and will launch in 2019.

In other news, Netflix has renewed the sleeper-vs.-supercar competition series Fastest Car. Produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, the new season of the streaming platform’s first global original automotive series will go into production later this year and will bow in 2019.

As previously announced, Netflix has teaming up with Formula 1 on a 10-episode docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. The as-yet titled series will bow in 2019 and is executive produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films. Sophie Todd is showrunner.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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