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Los Gatos' Netflix, Marvel to Create Superhero Series

Disney and Netflix have announced a deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel's most popular characters beginning in 2015.

Daredevil/Image courtesy Marvel
Daredevil/Image courtesy Marvel
Editor's note: This press release was submitted by Netflix. It's been edited for brevity and clarity.

Disney and Netflix have announced a deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel's most popular characters beginning in 2015.

This agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage," the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episodes series and a culminating Marvel's "The Defenders" mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, the deal is Marvel's most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

"This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling," said Alan Fine, president of Marvel Entertainment.

"Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel's specialty," he continued. "This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure."

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said Marvel's movies, such as "Iron Man" and Marvel's "The Avengers," are huge favorites on its service around the world.

"With 'House of Cards' and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we're thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude," Sarandos said.

This new TV deal follows last year's landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.

Netflix members enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

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