At the Dubai International Film Festival, Netflix chief of content Ted Sarandos mentioned one type of show that the world is still missing, and he also beckoned that Netflix could be the one who would produce it.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, at the Dubai International Film Festival, Sarandos said, “Most depictions outside of the Middle East are either historical or portray caricatures of what life in the Middle East would be.” He also added, “What‘s missing on the global stage is a really great scripted series about contemporary life in the Middle East.”
Netflix has already got into contact with local content producers in the Middle East. Sarandos said Netflix will double its output of original content to 31 scripted series next year, and this push may also include the show about accurate depiction of the life in the Middle East. He also said, as part of an aggressive international expansion plan, before the end of 2016 Netflix will launch in the region of Middle East.
He was not too concerned about the censorship issues that persist in parts of the Middle East, particularly in sexual content, that could potentially hinder the types of frank and open shows Netflix usually makes, because he wants to be a good global citizen and obey the local laws.