Nickelodeon partners with Netflix for multi-year film and series deal
Nickelodeon and Netflix have officially formalized their partnership with Nickelodeon signing a multi-year output deal with the streaming service to produce original animated feature films and television series which will be based on the network’s library of iconic characters as well as all-new IP.
“Nickelodeon has generated scores of characters that kids love, and we look forward to telling wholly original stories that re-imagine and expand on the worlds they inhabit,” Netflix’s vice president of original animation, Melissa Cobb said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to continue collaborating with Brian Robbins, Ramsey Naito, and the creative team at Nickelodeon in new ways as we look to find fresh voices and bring bold stories to our global audience on Netflix.”
The new deal aims to produce original animated content for kids and families around the world. Netflix and Nickelodeon have previously collaborated on animated specials such as the revival films of 90s’ animated sitcoms Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus which both debuted this year. They are also currently working on two new specials centered on the popular animated family sitcom The Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
“Nickelodeon’s next step forward is to keep expanding beyond linear platforms, and our broader content partnership with Netflix is a key path toward that goal,” President of Nickelodeon Brian Robbins said. “The Nickelodeon Animation Studio is home to the world-class artists and storytellers behind some of the most iconic characters and shows ever made, and our head of Animation, Ramsey Naito, has been building on that legacy over the past year by ramping up development and production exponentially. The ideas and work at our Studio are flowing, and we can’t wait to work with Melissa and the Netflix team on a premium slate of original animated content for kids and families around the world.”
Last year, it was also announced that Netflix was developing a live-action series adaptation of Nickelodeon’s award-winning animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender with original co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko overseeing the series.