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Netflix has ordered a new series called 'The OA', uniting Brit Marling ('Babylon') and Zal Batmanglij ('The Recordist').

Marling will star in the eight-episode drama, while Batmanglij will direct. Both will write the series and act as executive producers alongside Michael Sugar, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

It's understood there were plenty of rival bidders including other streaming services, broadcast and cable networks. A fierce bidding war is said to have taken place, with Netflix coming up trumps.

The actual subject matter is still under wraps. The series is expected to consist of eight one-hour episodes and to air in 2016.

"We are thrilled to be the home of the first television series Brit and Zal create together," said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix.

"Whether in front of or behind the camera, or both, their creative voice is always uniquely captivating."

'The OA' will be produced in-house by Netflix in association with Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content.

Forhcoming Netflix series include Marvel superhero show 'Daredevil', and 'Sense8', from the Wachowski brothers, creators of 'The Matrix'.

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