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Netflix Expands Joe Berlinger’s ‘Crime Scene’ Doc Franchise to Germany Under International Push

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Addie Morfoot Contributor Joe Berlinger’s hit Netflix “Crime Scene” franchise has expanded to Germany. “Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer” marks the first international local market produced version of the true crime doc series, which is being released globally on April 3. “Nightlife Killer” is a German language docuseries that was produced in Berlin and managed by Netflix Germany.

Berlinger served as an executive producer on the three-part series that reconstructs the case of several mysterious murders in Berlin’s nightlife that became nationally known as the “Coma Killer” in 2012.

Like the three previous U.S. versions of the franchise, “Night Life Killer” explores not just a story of crime but how the geography and social values of the crime scene location contributed to the crime itself. “We were looking for a crime story in a location whose history and social values contributed to the crime,” Berlinger says, who is in year four of a multi-year deal with Netflix. “Berlin is world famous for its all night party life and that electronic music and whatnot.

That’s a function of its history. So, it’s how the history of Berlin directly relates to how these killings took place. We are always looking for a story that has those social and geographic aspects to them.

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