DreamWorks’ ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’ Hatches on Netflix Today

If you’re looking for a fun, animated show for the whole family to watch together, you’ll be smart to check out the first season of DreamWorks’ great-looking Archibald’s Next Big Thing. All 13 episodes of the show debut today on Netflix. The series is created and executive produced by two-time Emmy-winning actor, director and writer Tony Hale (who also voices the lead character). It’s also executive produced by Eric Fogel (Descendants: Wicked WorldCelebrity Deathmatch), and was developed for television by Drew Champion (Game Talk Live) and Jacob Moffat (Tiny Tiny Talk Show)..

In addition to Hale (Archibald), the series features the voices of Adam Pally as Sage,  Chelsea Kane as Loy,  Jordan Fisher  as Finly, Kari Wahlgren as Bea, and Rosamund Pike as the playfully sarcastic Narrator. Guest voices include Julia Louis-Dreyfus Casey Wilson, RuPaul, Christine Baranski, Gary Cole and more.

DreamWorks Archibald’s Next Big Thing follows the adventures of Archibald Strutter, a chicken who ‘yes-ands’ his way through life. Though living in the moment often leads him astray, Archibald always finds his way back home to an egg-shaped house in the center of Crackridge he shares with his three siblings, Sage, Finly, and Loy, and his trusty sidekick, Bea. Archibald’s Next Big Thing is described as a fresh comedy about the importance of being present and celebrating the journey, not just the destination. With each twist and turn, this gangly, happy chicken shows everyone around him how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and see the best in everyone and every situation.

You can check out some fresh, new clips here:

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DWA & Netflix Debut ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’ S1 Trailer

DreamWorks Animation has unveiled the season 1 promo for its new animated kids’ series Archibald’s Next Big Thing, premiering Friday, September 6 on Netflix! From the creative mind of two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale, Archibald’s Next Big Thing follows the adventures of Archibald Strutter, a chicken who “yes-ands” his way through life.

Though living in the moment often leads him astray, Archibald always finds his way back home to an egg-shaped house he shares with his three siblings, Sage, Finley, and Loy, and his trusty sidekick, Bea. Archibald’s Next Big Thing is a fresh comedy about the importance of being present and celebrating the journey, not just the destination. With each twist and turn, this gangly, happy chicken shows everyone around him how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and see the best in everyone and every situation.

The series is created and executive produced by Hale, executive produced by Eric Fogel (Descendants: Wicked World, Celebrity Deathmatch), and was developed for television by Drew Champion (Game Talk Live) and Jacob Moffat (Tiny Tiny Talk Show).

The all-star voice cast includes Hale as “Archibald,” Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) as “Sage,” Chelsea Kane (Baby Daddy) as “Loy,” Jordan Fisher (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2) as “Finly,” Kari Wahlgren (Spirit Riding Free) as “Bea” and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as the playfully sarcastic “Narrator.” The series also features several guest voices, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Casey Wilson (Black Monday), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Christine Baranski (The Good Fight), Gary Cole (Veep) and more.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

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Netflix Lays Off Five Top Kids & Family Execs

Several Netflix kids and family programming executives have been given their marching orders in the last few weeks, according to Deadline. The division is one of the streaming giant’s key growth areas in the last couple years. The team has been led by VP Melissa Cobb since 2017, when she was hired from her post as Chief Creative Officer/Head of Studio for Oriental DreamWorks.

The execs affected are Jenna Boyd, Director, Kids & Family Original Series; Jill Stewart Sanford, Manager, Original Animation; Josh Fisher, Creative Executive Manager, Original Animation; Shannon Smith, Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs; and Julius Harper, Manager, Interactive. Smith’s role will likely be absorbed by other business and legal execs, with the other positions will be filled by new appointees.

The top-level pink slips are reportedly not part of any broader scaleback for the division and no further layoffs are expected.

[Source: Deadline]

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Kevin Smith Shares Plans for New Netflix ‘He-Man’ Show

Helmer Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) revealed details about his upcoming Masters of the Universe anime series for Netflix at Power-Con in Anaheim this weekend. He told fans that the new anime series Masters of the Universe: Revelation will debut on Netflix and will feature an original story based on Mattel’s classic 1980s-era He-Man franchise.

Smith will be the new limited series’ executive producer and showrunner.

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” said Smith. “In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”

The show will be produced by Mattel Television with Rob David, VP of Mattel TV and author of He-Man: the Eternity War, serving as an executive producer on the series. Series writing staff includes Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering) and Marc Bernardin (Alphas). Animation will be produced by Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania).

The growing list of Netflix’s anime series includes Castlevania, Devilman Crybaby, Aggretsuko, Ultraman, Saiki K, Rilakkuma and Kaoru, and Ouran High School Host Club.

Kevin Smith Shares Plans for New Netflix He-Man Show

Kevin Smith Shares Plans for New Netflix He-Man Show

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Netflix and Sony Preparing New Elvis Presley Action Comedy Toon

Netflix is all shook up for Elvis. The streaming service has announced that has ordered an adult animated action comedy series featuring Elvis Presley. The show which is titled Agent King will be exec produced by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie and will be co-produced by Authentic Brands Group, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures TV, per Variety.

Actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973, told the trade pub, “From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that…My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

According to the official description of the show, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll.”

Co-creators Presley and Eddie will also executive produce the series. Jerry Schilling is consultant, while Mike Arnold (Archer) will be the showrunner, writer and co-executive producer. Fletcher Moules will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.

Netflix made the announcement on the anniversary of Presley’s death (August 16, 1977), which coincides with “Elvis Week,” a Graceland celebration of Elvis’ music, movies and legacy.

Here’s hoping that audiences can’t help falling in love with the show, won’t look at it with suspicious minds and don’t return it to sender.

Agent King

Agent King

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Watch: Chris Nee Talks Creator-Driven Culture at Netflix Animation

In a new video released by the streaming mega-platform, award-winning children’s TV creator and writer Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Little Bill) discusses her new role as executive producer at the rapidly growing Netflix Animation division.

“I’m really trying to write the world as I wish it would be, and I’m always writing about communities,” Nee begins. The Emmy Award winner explains that what appealed to her about joining the studio was its support of her work and vision — and those of all the talented creatives drawn into the Netflix Animation fold.

“One of the things that Netflix has allowed me to do is to go find up-and-coming talents, and make sure that we are bringing new perspectives into the animation landscape,” she adds.

Watch the one-minute clip below:

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Netflix Won’t Hatch More ‘Tuca & Bertie’

Netflix has announced that it will not be ordering additional seasons of Lisa Hanawalt’s colorful urban bird-women series Tuca & Bertie — currently the streamer’s only adult animated comedy original from a solo woman creator. The decision came down despite the show’s positive critical reception (100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and the outlet’s ongoing ramp up of its originals slate — including a huge push for animation.

A statement from Netflix read: “Lisa Hanawalt created a relatable yet whimsical world in Tuca & Bertie. We’re grateful to Lisa, and her fellow executive producers Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and EPs/stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, along with all of the writers and animators for sharing the funny and dynamic female bird duo of Tuca and Bertie with the world. While Tuca & Bertie won’t have a second season, we’re proud to feature this story on Netflix for years to come.”

In addition to Haddish and Wong as titular cocky toucan Tuca and anxious songbird Bertie, the series also voice starred Steven Yuen and featured guest performers including Nicole Byer, Richard E. Grant, John Early, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Amber Ruffin, Jermaine Fowler and Tessa Thompson. The animation was produced by ShadowMachine.

The project from Hanawalt and her BoJack Horseman colleagues stood out as an adult-targeted animation from a female creator, starring two women of color — but also as a contemporary, relatable “odd couple” comedy buoyed by Hanawalt’s vibrant and whimsical designs. The artist-animator told Hollywood Reporter in an interview in May:

“I wasn’t consciously thinking, ‘How do I make this more relatable to women?’ I was just writing stories from my own life, stories from my friends’ lives and things that I specifically haven’t seen in adult animation before. Like, that feeling when a plumber is in your apartment and you don’t know if he’s going to attack you or not. That’s really common for women.

“I’m horrified that it’s taken so long and so much work for more women to start being able to create animation, especially for adults. It just feels like the stars aligned and I was given the chance to do it, by sheer luck. But I’m hoping that more will get to do it, because there’s just so many experiences that we aren’t seeing reflected, and representation really matters.”

Netflix’s other mature auds toon with a woman creator, raunchy coming-of-age comedy Big Mouth, has been renewed for a third season. It is created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.

[Source: Deadline]

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Netflix Dates Global Invasion of Nick’s ‘Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus’

The highly anticipated new TV movie event Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, from Nickelodeon and creator Jhonen Vasquez, will make its global streaming debut on Netflix on August 16! The original series about a bumbling alien bent on planetary domination premiered on Nick in 2001, sparking a devoted fandom — and getting “The Doom Song” stuck in jillions of puny human heads.

In Enter the Florpus, Zim (voiced again by Richard Horvitz) discovers his almighty leaders never had any intention of coming to Earth, and he loses confidence in himself for the first time in his life. This is the big break his human nemesis, Dib (Andy Berman), has been waiting for!

Returning voice stars also include Rikki Simons (GIR), Melissa Fahn (Gaz), Rodger Bumpass (Professor Membrane), Wally Wingert (Almighty Tallest Red) and Kevin McDonald (Almighty Tallest Purple) and Olivia d’Abo (Tak); along with Eric Bauza, Breehn Burns, Justin Roiland, Fred Tatasciore, Jenny Goldberg, Mo Collins and Michael McDonald.

Jhonen Vazquez wrote, exec produced (with Mary Harrington) and voices the movie. Breehn Burns is supervising producer and story consultant. Joann Estoesta is producer. Jenny Goldberg is art director. Music by Kevin Manthei.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

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Watch: Netflix Dates ‘Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling’ Global Launch

Following the news that global streaming giant Netflix had snapped up the highly anticipated Nickelodeon movie, fans around the world can now look forward to reconnecting with Joe Murray’s O-Town gang when Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premieres on the platform August 9. The movie brings back the classic characters of Nickelodeon animated series Rocko’s Modern Life (1993-1996) in an all-new culture shock adventure.

Synopsis: After being in space for around 20 years, Rocko and his friends attempt to conform to an even more modern life in O-Town, where coffee shops are on every corner, food trucks offer multi-layered tacos, touch-screen O-Phones are being upgraded on a near-constant basis, an instant-print kiosk has replaced Rocko’s old job at Kind-of-a-Lot-O-Comics, and radioactive energy drinks turn their consumers into mutants.

Original series voice actors and newcomers make up the energetic cast: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Linda Wallem, Steve Little, Joe Murray, Cosmo Segurson, Tom Smith, and Dan Becker

The movie is written by series creator Joe murray with Doug Lawrence and Martin Olson; Murray also directs, with Cosmo Segurson, and exec produces. Lizbeth Velasco is producer. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is a Nickelodeon production.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

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Matt Brodlie Departs Netflix to Become Disney+ Content Exec

Executive Matt Brodlie is switching streaming platforms, being tapped as the Senior Vice President – International Content Development for the soon to launch Disney+ service.

Brodlie, who helped drive the romantic comedy boom at Netflix as Director of Original Film, will be responsible for building the content strategy for Disney+ outside the U.S., making calls on what original productions or acquisitions are needed to augment its offerings beyond the domestic content slate.

The announcement was made by Disney+ Head of Marketing & Content, Rickey Strauss, to whom Brodlie will report.

“As we look to rollout Disney+ beyond the U.S. over the next several years, Matt will play a critical role in the execution of our content strategy,” said Strauss. “He is a proven executive with the right creative instincts and experience to help make Disney+ a place where talent can create original, high-quality content for audiences worldwide. We’re thrilled to have him join our team.”

“I am excited about this opportunity to join Disney+ at this pivotal moment and look forward to working collaboratively with the teams around the world to create premium entertainment that is relevant and enduring,” commented Brodlie, whose career as a production and acquisitions executive has taken him through Paramount, Sony/Tristar and Miramax.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

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Netflix Picks Up Cannes Awardees ‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Atlantics’

Netflix has acquired streaming rights to two stand-out features which made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival: Jérémy Clapin’s feature film debut I Lost My Body (Xilam Animation), winner of Nespresso Grand Prize of Cannes Critics’ Week and the program’s only animated contender; and live-action drama Atlantics, the Grand Prix-winning feature directorial debut of French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop — the first Black woman director to win an award at Cannes in the festival’s 72-year history.

The streamer has picked up worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Turkey and France) to I Lost My Body, which Clapin (Skhizein) directed and wrote with the original book’s author Guillaum Laurant (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement); Xilam’s Marc du Pontaviee produced this much-lauded project, which follows an amputated hand which escapes from a dissection lab to search for its lost body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to … until they met Gabrielle. The voice cast is led by Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois and Patrick d’Assumçao.

Netflix has also acquired worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia and France) to Atlantics, directed by Diop (A Thousand Suns) who also wrote the script with Olivier Demangel. The film is executive produced by Les Film Du Bal (France), Judith Lou Lévy and Eve Robin, in co-production with Cinekap (Senegal) and Oumar Sall, and Frakas Productions (Belgium), Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts.

Synopsis: Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hopes of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned. Stars Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou, Amina Kane, Mariama Gassama, Coumba Dieng, Ibrahima Mbaye and Diankou Sembene.

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Netflix Greenlights ‘City of Ghosts’ from ‘Adventure Time’s Elizabeth Ito

Another original kids’ series from a top animation talent will be haunting Netflix streaming, as City of Ghosts from Elizabeth Ito — an Emmy-winning writer, story artist and director from Cartoon Network hit series Adventure Time and short Welcome to My Life.

City of Ghosts will be a hybrid documentary/animation project which follows a group of kids uncovering the untold stories of their city by communicating with the local ghosts. Showrunner/exec producer Ito will also explore her experience growing up as a fourth-generation Japanese American in a now predominantly Latinx LA community through the show’s story.

The new series is being produced at Netflix Animation in Hollywood, as part of an impressive slate of series from acclaimed creators such as Jorge Gutierrez’s Maya and the Three, Chris Williams’ Jacob and the Sea, Max Keane’s Trash Truck, Shion Takeuchi’s Inside Job, Matt Layzell’s Battle Kitty and a new series from Chris Nee.

Netflix will debut its first original animated feature, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, at the end of the year. Read more about this project in the June/July ‘19 issue of Animation Magazine, out soon.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

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News Bytes: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Sneak Peek, Nick Park Promises More ‘Wallace & Gromit,’ ‘Spider-Verse’ Heads to Netflix & More

DeviantArt ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Discover Your Duo Contest
To celebrate the home entertainment release, this art competition challenges fans to bring their favorite character combos from the Hidden World to life! First, Second and Third Place winners will be chosen by series writer and director Dean DeBlois. Entry deadline is May 28.

Disney’s Meta Take on ‘Rescue Rangers’ Finds Its Director with Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer
The mischievous chipmunk duo Chip and Dale will make their big screen debut in a live-action/CG hybrid take on their adventure-comedy TV toon. The characters debuted in 1943; the original Rescue Rangers 2D series launched in 1989. Dan Gregor and Doug Mand *Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, How I Met Your Mother) wrote the underwraps script.

Women Try to Break Cel Block Ceiling
“I do feel like there’s been a glass ceiling that I’ve been hitting up against. I feel like I have to justify myself and my position, or explain myself in more detail than my male colleagues have to. I think I have to work a little bit harder to prove myself.” — Marge Dean, President, Women in Animation.

’Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Is Coming to Netflix This June
Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-winning feature will arrive on the streaming platform on June 26. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman based on a story by Phil Lord, Spider-Verse centers on Afro-Latino Brooklyn teen Miles Morales who discovers he has Spider-Man’s powers, and gets caught up in an interdimensional team-up of parallel reality Spideys.

Want more Spider-Verse? Check out the brilliant animation/reference footage comparison shared by animator Emma Shih.

New ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Projects in the Works, Says Nick Park
The U.K. stop-motion icons will return to screens in the next couple of years, the Aardman Animations founder tells Hollywood Reporter. In this interview, Park reflects on favorite properties, and easing into its new employee-controlled business model.

’Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ The Ultimate Preview
Vanity Fair and photographer Annie Liebovitz go behind the scenes and debuts fresh stills for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming culmination of the Skywalker saga. The sequel reunites Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid and footage of Carrie Fisher as the remnants of the Resistance tussle with the First Order once again. Newcomers include Keri Russell as “masked scoundrel” Zorri Bliss, Richard E. Grant as General Pryde and Naomi Ackie as Jannah.

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Nick Park

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Netflix Dates ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Premiere, New Images Released

Fans can at last return to Jim Henson’s rich fantasy world of Thra in the new Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, premiering Friday, August 30. Produced by the Jim Henson Company and directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk), the 10 x 60’ series follows three Gelflings who discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Leading the voice cast are Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel, as the Gelfling heroes Rian, Brea and Deet.

Additional Gelfling characters are voiced by: Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander.

The Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by: Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg.

Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball. Additional characters will also be voiced by puppeteers from the production, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerrid as Hup.

Executive producers are Lisa Henson, Louis Leterrier and Halle Stanford; co-executive producers are Jeffrey Addiss & Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Blanca Lista; with Ritamarie Peruggi as producer, Tim Wellspring as line producer, Cameron Richardson as associate producer and Vivian Lee as co-producer.


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Netflix Acquires Critically Acclaimed ‘StoryBots’ Property

Netflix has acquired StoryBots, the Emmy, Annie and Parents’ Choice Award-winning children’s media brand created by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis. The brothers have entered into an overall deal with Netflix to significantly expand the universe of the beloved StoryBots, building on the characters that kids across the globe now know and love. The acquisition signals Netflix’s commitment to bring educational content to its growing member base of kids and families around the world.

Ask the StoryBots is a Netflix original animated series that has grown significantly year over year since it first started streaming in 2016. The series makes innovative use of multiple formats, including 3D, 2D, claymation, stop motion, and even live action. By engaging guest stars such as Snoop Dogg, Edward Norton, Whoopi Goldberg and Wanda Sykes, Ask The StoryBots takes kids on a fantastic journey that makes learning fun as they seek answers to burning questions like, “Why is the sky blue?” and “How does night happen?”

Ask the StoryBots has a proven track record of synthesizing complex subjects into bite-sized lessons that are funny and entertaining for young kids and satisfying for parents,” said VP of Original Animation, Melissa Cobb. “We are thrilled to welcome Gregg and Evan into the Netflix family and look forward to building out the wonderful and whimsical StoryBots world, finding new ways to delight our growing member base of families around the world.”

“Together with Netflix, our goal is to make StoryBots the leading educational entertainment brand for connected kids and families globally,” said StoryBots co-founders Evan and Gregg Spiridellis. “We want kids from Argentina to Zambia growing up laughing and learning with StoryBots that feel native to their culture. We see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring something epically good into the world.”

Season three of Ask the StoryBots launches on Netflix this Fall. Together, Netflix and the Spiridellis brothers will produce more StoryBots original programming — like series and short form specials — while also expanding the brand into new areas. They will engage creative teams, subject matter experts, and educational consultants to help ensure that the educational content they are producing for StoryBots is relevant around the world. This first-of-its-kind acquisition signal’s Netflix’s commitment to educational programming for preschoolers, and the company has plans for a number of additional upcoming titles that have yet to be announced.

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