Netflix has commissioned the political drama series “The Diplomat” from Debora Cahn, and Cahn has signed a long-term general agreement with the publisher. Under the deal, Cahn will write and produce series and other projects for Netflix. The giant platform has ordered eight “The Diplomat” episodes of 50 minutes each. In the midst of an international crisis, a career diplomat takes an unsuitable high-profile job with tectonic effects on her marriage and political future.
Cahn created the series and also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Janice Williams will also executive produce. Cahn said, “It was a pleasure working with Netflix. Jinny, Seb, Tara, and Sahar have been incredibly creative partners from the idea to what it turned into looking like a compelling television series. I really can’t believe I’ve been so lucky.”
Cahn was most recently executive producer on Showtime’s hit series “Homeland.” Other recent TV productions include the FX miniseries “Fosse/Verdon” and the HBO series “Vinyl” and ABC’s long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” Cahn began his career working on Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing.”
“I’ve seen Deb’s incredible work firsthand, including ‘The West Wing,'” said Jinny Howe, Netflix’s vice president of drama development. He knows how to tell a great story with the depth of character, risks, and surprises he will bring to The Diplomat. We’re excited to welcome Deb to Netflix.” Netflix had great success with political drama with one of the company’s first big hits, “House of Cards.”