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Netflix’s “Rise of Empires: Ottoman” set for late January

Rise of Empires: Ottoman, a docu-drama from Red Arrow Studios prodco Karga Seven Picturesh and STXtelevision, has been given a late January premiere date by streaming giant Netflix. Previously titled Ottoman ...
January 10, 2020

Rise of Empires: Ottoman, a docu-drama from Red Arrow Studios prodco Karga Seven Picturesh and STXtelevision, has been given a late January premiere date by streaming giant Netflix.

Previously titled Ottoman Rising, the six-part series chronicles the 15th-century story of Mehmed II, known as Mehmed the Conqueror, who ruled the Ottoman Empire from February 1451 to May 1481 and conquered Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) at the age of 21, bringing the Byzantine Empire to its knees.

The series was filmed in multiple locations in Turkey.

Narrated by Charles Dance (The Crown, Game of Thrones), Rise of Empires: Ottoman also features in-depth analysis from historians including Roger Crowley and Jason Goodwin.

Executive producers include Sarah Wetherbee, Kelly McPherson and Emre Sahin for Karga Seven Pictures alongside Jada Miranda for STXtv.

The series is written by Liz Lake, McPherson and Sahin, and directed by Sahin.

Rise of Empires: Ottoman will be made available for streaming in 190 countries on Netflix on Jan. 24.

“The Ottoman era is a fascinating period of history, and from the very beginning we knew we wanted to use a combination of strong documentary narrative and epic scripted to tell this story,” said Wetherbee, founding partner of Karga Seven Pictures, in a statement. “With Karga having such a well-established production base in Istanbul, filming in Turkey has enabled us to produce the lavish, high-end series we wanted to make, and it has been great to partner with STX and Netflix to bring the show to life.”

“At STX, we are most attracted to stories that bridge the world’s divides, and this story from the past gives an exciting and thrilling perspective on a collision of cultures that we’re still seeing today,” added STXtv’s Miranda.

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