ROME – Netflix has announced its second Italian original, a scripted series titled “Baby,” about teen prostitution in Rome.
The eight-episode show is loosely based on a scandal that created a stir in the Italian capital in 2014 when it surfaced that two Italian female high school students from the city’s wealthy residential Parioli district were engaging in part-time prostitution. They were reported to be selling sex in order to buy designer clothes, the latest mobile phones and electronic gadgets. Five people – including the mothers of both young women – were arrested at the time.
“Baby,” which “will explore the diverse experiences of Italian teenagers,” according to a Netflix statement, is scheduled to start production in 2018. The screenplay is written by a collective of young Italian screenwriters called the Grams.
Cast and director(s) of “Baby” have not yet been announced.
The shows is being produced by Rome-based Fabula Pictures. The outfit is headed by young producer Nicola De Angelis, whose father, Guido, heads De Angelis Group, which has produced several international TV series, including handling production services on “Aurelio Zen” for the BBC. Nicola De Angelis served as creative producer on that show.
“We are really enthusiastic about working with Netflix to bring new talents and Italian stories to audiences around the world,” he said in a statement, adding: “The creative freedom that Netflix offers us is the perfect testing ground to experiment with new forms of TV storytelling in our country.”
Netflix Vice President of International Originals Erik Barmak said the streaming giant is “proud to continue to invest in Italian originals.” He described “Baby” as “representative of the new engaging vision of the [types of] talented producers we love.”
To date, Netflix has globally launched Italian mob series “Suburra,” about corruption in contemporary Rome, which rolled out in 190 territories in October, and has also announced plans for docu-series “Juventus FC,” about the storied Italian soccer club of the same name.