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Netflix backs filming for new Turkish drama

The Protector

Netflix is backing new Turkish drama The Gift that is filming on location primarily in Istanbul and Gobekli Tepe in the south-eastern region of the country.

The story follows a painter living in Istanbul who discovers she has a mysterious connection to Gobekli Tepe, which is a renowned Turkish archaeological site.

Netflix’s involvement with The Gift marks its second Turkish series following fantasy drama series The Protector (pictured) that was shot last year and launched on the streaming service in December.

“We believe that our second Turkish original series, starring Beren Saat, will convey a new and exciting story from Turkey to the world,” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, vice president of international originals at Netflix.

“Our journey began in Istanbul with The Protector and continues with our new series that introduces Anatolia’s natural, cultural and historical heritage from Gobekli Tepe to Nemrut to our global audience.”

Turkish company OG Medya is producing The Gift for Netflix, with Ozan Aciktan and Gonenc Uyanik directing and Alex Sutherland producing.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Turkey.