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Netflix to produce a series about the origins of Spotify

Netflix will produce a scripted series about the origins of the Swedish music streaming platform, Spotify. The series, which is yet-unnamed, comes from Yellow Bird UK, the producer of ‘Young Wallander.’

The show clearly echoes Aaron Sorkin’s and David Fincher’s 2010 film, ‘The Social Network.’ The series will be based on the book ‘Spotify Untold’ which was written by business journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud and published this year.

The book tells the story of how Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, both Swedish tech businessmen, turned upside down the music industry creating a free and legal way to stream music when they created Spotify in 2006. Netflix said the series would be a show about ” how hard convictions, unrelenting will, and big dreams can challenge the status quo.”

The show will be directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (Quicksand, Home for Christmas). Berna Levin (Young Wallander) is the executive producer and Luke Franklin is the producer.

Tesha Crawford, head of international originals of Northern Europe at Netflix, said: “The founding tale of Spotify is a great example of how a local story can have a global impact.”

“Not only is this a story about the way all our lives have changed in the last decade, it’s about the battle for cultural and financial influence in a globalized, digitized world,” said Levin, exec producer of the show.

This is not the first collaboration between Netflix and Yellow Bird UK. The Banijay-owned producer is also making Young Wallander for Netflix, which will premiere in 2020.

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