Netflix has made its first deal with a major Hollywood studio for a new TV series.
Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, will begin working on a psychological thriller created by the trio behind Damages.
The currently untitled show centres on several siblings whose secrets and psychological scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.
Set to begin production in early 2014, the show’s 13-episode first season will premiere exclusively in every Netflix territory.
Read our guide to NetflixThe thriller from Todd A Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler will “explore the wounds and emotional demons that lie at the core of a contemporary American family”.
“We were spellbound after hearing Todd, Glenn and Daniel’s pitch, and knew Netflix was the perfect home for this suspenseful family drama that is going to have viewers on the edge of their seats,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix.
“Their work on Damages was truly ahead of its time and we’re proud to be bringing our viewers this upcoming series.”
“The guys worked so hard to come up with the right idea after the success of Damages,” said Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production for Sony Pictures Television. “It took almost a year to fully develop the pitch and their patience paid off with the incredible reaction in the community, especially at Netflix, the perfect home for this show.”
The trio said that they are “absolutely thrilled to be creating an original series for Netflix – a company committed to cutting-edge storytelling in a vibrant, new space”.
“We’ve always wanted to put our spin on a family saga and examine universal themes of family in a way that has never been seen before on television,” the trio said.
The new series will be executive produced by Kessler, Zelman and Kessler.