If Facebook’s founding can be showcased in the form of a movie with Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network”, why not Spotify? The story about the birth of Snapchat will be a flagship series on the upcoming streaming service, Quibi. Today, Spotify is the latest startup to get its story told on screen this time, as a new Netflix show.
Netflix says it’s making a scripted series inspired by the book “Spotify Untold” by business reports at Swedish Dagens Industri, Sven Carlsson, and Jonas Leijonhufvud. The story will revolve around Spotify’s founding and how it revolutionized the way people listen to music over the past decade.
“The founding tale of Spotify is a great example of how a local story can have a global impact,” said Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Northern Europe at Netflix. “We are really excited about bringing this success story to life and we look forward to continuing our great collaboration with director Per-Olav Sørensen and the team at Yellow Bird UK”.
One of the production companies behind the upcoming Netflix crime series “Young Wallander”, Yellow Bird UK will produce this new and yet-to-be-named Spotify show. Per-Olav Sørensen will direct the series and Berna Levin (Young Wallander, Hidden, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web) will serve as executive producer.
The series will be based on the Swedish tech entrepreneur, Daniel Ek, and his partner Martin Lorentzon, who crafted the free and legal music service at a time when music piracy was at its peak. Netflix describes the show as one about “how hard convictions, unrelenting will, access, and big dreams can help small players challenge the status quo”. Netflix claims the series will be available in English and Swedish.
“I’m thrilled to be making this timely and entertaining series for Netflix. The story of how a small band of Swedish tech industry insiders transformed music – how we listen to it and how it’s made – is truly a tale for our time. Not only is this a story about the way all our lives have changed in the last decade, it’s about the battle for cultural and financial influence in a globalized, digitized world,” says Berna Levin, Executive Producer, Yellow Bird.
As Netflix’s announcement indicates, narrating the story of a tech startup can be tricky because things move and change quickly. After all, Spotify is still around and flourishing. It’s likely that by the time the show streams on the platform, it would have undergone many more transformations.