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Jantje Friese studied production and media management at the University of Television and Film Munich. After graduating, she worked as a producer for Made in Munich Film Production and Neue Sentimental Film Berlin. In 2010 she was the producer of the feature film The Last Silence with her partner Baran bo Odar.
With Odar, she wrote the screenplay for Who Am I - No System Is Safe (2014), which was filmed by Odar. Her screenplay was nominated for the German Film Awards 2015. Through this film, Netflix became aware of Friese and Odar and offered both to make a series of the film. Instead, Friese and Odar jointly developed the first German Netflix series Dark, which premiered December 1, 2017. On December 20, Netflix announced it would extend the series for a second season. 
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