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From Academy Award® nominees Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry: The Masterful New Netflix Original Series, The Crown

First Ten Episode Season to Arrive in All Netflix Territories in 2016

The Crown, the gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain?s post-war destiny, will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.>The Crown is inspired by the award-winning West End Play The Audience, and reunited writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen); a team that between them shares six Academy Award® nominations.

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

Each season of The Crown will explore the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II?s reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life.

Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

“The Crown is storytelling that lives somewhere between television and cinema from Britain?s foremost chroniclers of modern politics, class and society,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “We are enormously proud to be the exclusive home of a series from Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry that promises to fascinate and entertain audiences around the world.”

Left Bank Pictures Chief Executive, Andy Harries, said, “Queen Elizabeth II has reigned throughout a period of unprecedented cultural and political change and her influence as monarch has been universal. Peter is a writer at the height of his powers and Stephen Daldry is one of the most entertaining and original film directors in the world. The series will be hugely ambitious and surprising, and perfectly captures the changes and complexities of a post war world.”

“The Crown is not only about the royal family but about an empire in decline, a world in disarray and the dawn of a new era. I am beyond thrilled to be reunited with partners from film, theatre and television for this epic project and delighted to be working for the first time with Netflix,” said Peter Morgan.

“Peter Morgan’s scripts turn a tumultuous period of history into a thrilling story on an epic scale; dealing with both intimate relationships and international affairs. I cannot wait to bring The Crown to life for a global audience on Netflix,” said Stephen Daldry.

The Crown is produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Morgan, Daldry and Harries will serve as executive producers along with Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw.

ABOUT NETFLIX
Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with over 53 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV programmes and films per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

ABOUT LEFT BANK PICTURES
Left Bank Pictures is a multi award-winning film and television production company best known for the television series Wallander, Outlander, Mad Dogs and Strike Back. Set up by Chief Executive Andy Harries and Managing Director Marigo Kehoe in 2007, Left Bank has produced major drama series for the BBC / WGBH, ITV1, Sky, and HBO / Cinemax; comedy series for Channel 4 and E4 and motion pictures for Sony Pictures, Europacorp and Optimum Releasing. Left Bank Pictures has a portfolio of films and series that have been recognised by the Golden Globes, Emmy?s, Academy Awards, BAFTA and Royal Television Society. In 2012 Sony Pictures Television took a majority stake in the company.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry?s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry?s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT?s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 126 channel feeds available in 168 countries, reaching more than 980 million cumulative households worldwide.

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