LOS ANGELES, January 2020 – Netflix has announced the premiere date for “Rise of Empires: Ottoman,” a major new docu-drama produced by Karga Seven Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company, in association with STXtelevision.
Previously titled “Ottoman Rising,” the six-hour series will drop in 190 countries globally on Netflix on January 24, 2020.
The English-language production has been shot in multiple locations in Turkey, facilitated by Karga Seven’s Turkish production outfit.
“Rise of Empires: Ottoman” tells the epic 15th-century story of Mehmed II, known as Mehmed the Conqueror, chronicling his astonishing and fabled rise from 13-year-old Child Sultan to toppling Constantinople and becoming the ruler of the Ottoman Empire.
The series is executive produced by Sarah Wetherbee, Kelly McPherson and Emre Sahin of Karga Seven Pictures, and Jada Miranda of STXtv. The series is written by Liz Lake, Kelly McPherson and Emre Sahin, and directed by Emre Sahin.
With narration of the English-speaking version by Charles Dance (The Crown, Game of Thrones), the cast features Tommaso Basili (Emperor Constantine XI), and renowned Turkish talent including Cem Yi̇ği̇t Üzümoğlu (Sultan Mehmed II), Tuba Büyüküstün (Mara Hatun), Bi̇rkan Sokullu (Giovanni Giustiniani Longo), Seli̇m Bayraktar (Çandarli Halil Paşa), Osman Sonant (Loukas Notaras), Tolga Teki̇n (Sultan Murad II), Ushan Çakır (Zaganos Paşa), Damla Sönmez (Ana), Tansu Bi̇çer (Orban) and İlayda Akdoğan (Therma Sphrantzes).
The series also features critically acclaimed historians including Roger Crowley and Jason Goodwin.
Sarah Wetherbee, Founding Partner of Karga Seven Pictures, said: “The Ottoman era is a fascinating period of history, and from the very beginning we knew we wanted to use a combination of strong documentary narrative and epic scripted to tell this story. With Karga having such a well-established production base in Istanbul, filming in Turkey has enabled us to produce the lavish, high-end series we wanted to make, and it has been great to partner with STX and Netflix to bring the show to life.”
Jada Miranda of STXtv said: “At STX, we are most attracted to stories that bridge the world’s divides, and this story from the past gives an exciting and thrilling perspective on a collision of cultures that we’re still seeing today. We’re thrilled to have partnered with Karga Seven and Netflix to bring this cinematic story to life for audiences around the globe.”
STXtv previously partnered with Nat Geo on the critically acclaimed scripted project, Valley of the Boom. The six-part limited series chronicles the culture of speculation, innovation and debauchery that led to the rapid inflation and burst of the 1990s tech bubble.
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About Karga Seven Pictures
Headquartered in Los Angeles and Istanbul, Karga Seven Pictures is an award-winning production company that produces content across a wide range of genres and formats, including factual, scripted and branded content. Productions include Hunting Hitler for History; Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox, Booze Traveler and Mission Declassified for Travel Channel; Hard to Kill and Contact for Discovery Channel; Unexplained and Unexplored for Discovery and Science Channel; Killing Time and Cry Wolfe for Discovery ID; Duff Takes the Cake for Food Network; Shot in the Dark and forthcoming docu-drama Rise of Empires: Ottoman for Netflix; and scripted projects from Karga’s Turkish production base, including House M.D. Turkish remake Hekimoğlu for Kanal D, Her Yerde Sen and City of Secrets for Fox Turkey, and feature film Takim: Mahalle Askina. Karga Seven Pictures is led award-winning Executive Producers Emre Sahin, Sarah Wetherbee and Kelly McPherson. Karga Seven Pictures is a Red Arrow Studios company. https://karga7la.com/
About STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, digital video, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.
The company is led by accomplished businessman and entrepreneur Robert Simonds. Investors include the global private investment firm TPG Growth; Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others. With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market. For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com.