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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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