UK production house World Media Rights’s series The Lost Pirate Kingdom’, a co-production between WMR and ZDF Enterprises, has been picked up by Netflix.

ZDF Enterprises has a stake in World Media Rights and will distribute the new series worldwide outside of the territories and rights of Netflix.

‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ uses a production technique which is new to factual series: Hyper Dynamic Animation. This has allowed World Media Rights to re-create the pirate republic of Nassau  as it was in 1715 using 4K back projection in front of live action.

The story starts at the end of the war with Spain, which left British privateers, who worked as a freelance Naval force, out of work. They turned to piracy, and continued to take treasure from the Spanish. Eventually, outlawed by even their own crown, they set up the world’s first fully democratic republic in the Bahamas. They also liberated slaves and gave them full voting rights. In their Lost Pirate Kingdom lies the origins of American independence.

The series features the real lives of Pirate legends like Blackbeard, Henry Jennings, Benjamin Hornigold and Henry Vane. And they’re not all men; we also tell the extraordinary tale of female pirate Anne Bonny.

World Media Rights’ Alan Griffiths, David McNab and Eamon Hardy are Executive Producers.

Alan Griffiths, CEO of World Media Rights, said: ‘We’re thrilled that Netflix is bringing ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ to their 204 million subscribers as a Netflix Original. The series uses techniques pioneered by World Media Rights which are a big leap forward in historical recreation. These techniques allow us create lost worlds realistically and we have endeavoured, through research, to recreate them exactly as they were.’

Jon Creamer

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