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Netflix Teams With Canada’s City and Shomi on Deadly Disease Drama ‘Between’

‘iCarly’ actress Jennette McCurdy will star with Jon Cassar set to direct on the series created by Michael McGowan

Netflix has partnered with Canadian television network, City, and streaming video service, shomi, on a new drama series, “Between,” created by writer/director Michael McGowan (“Still Mine,” “Saint Ralph”).

Under the deal, “Between” will premiere on City and shomi in Canada while simultaneously premiering elsewhere globally where Netflix is available. It will then become available on Netflix in Canada a year after its premiere in that country.

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“We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and ‘Between’ offers just that,” said Nataline Rodrigues, the director of original programming for Rogers Communications, which owns City and half of shomi. “Showcasing Michael McGowan’s cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment.”

Produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., “Between” will star Jennette McCurdy, whose credits include Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat.” Emmy award-winning director Jon Cassar (“24,” “The Kennedys”) will direct the first two episodes of the six one-hour episodes.

“Teaming up with Rogers, on ‘Between,’ is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner in Canada to bring our global viewers top-notch content,” said Netflix’s Global Independent Content vice president, Erik Barmack. “We’re thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy.”

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With Ebola ravaging parts of Africa and spreading to other countries, including the U.S., “Between’s” premise is especially timely. It tells the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

A premiere date for “Between” has yet to be announced. Principal photography begins on Monday.