Netflix, Inc. and DreamWorks Animation today announced the expansion of their current multi-year deal, making Netflix the global home, outside of China, to a number of new original series for the whole family from the studio. The deal also covers streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library. In addition, the deal extends the rights of current original series for kids from the studio available on the service throughout operating Netflix markets as well as expanding to include second window rights for the series everywhere around the world, outside of China. Series include The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, Dragons: Race to the Edge, among others.
Starting in 2016, Netflix will launch several new series from DWA, including a reimagining of Voltron, and the new series, Trollhunters, from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro, who will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown. Over the term of the new agreement, a number of new original series will be developed and produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix, based not only on recent and upcoming feature films from the studio, but also on other classic IP. Here's what Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Series for Netflix, had to say in a statement.
"DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy. It's with great pleasure that we expand on an already successful relationship with DreamWorks Animation to bring more premium kids and family television to Netflix members globally."
No details about the new Voltron series have been released at this time, nor who will be involved in the animated series. The original series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, debuted in 1984, following the adventures of a team of astronauts who all pilot a massive robot. The original series only ran for three seasons, but it spawned other shows such as Voltron: The Third Dimension in 1998 and, most recently, Voltron Force in 2011. Here's what Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation, had to say in her statement.
"This agreement adds to the incredible foundation we've built together with Netflix over a number of years across both film and television. We are proud to work closely with Netflix to continue delivering high-quality programming to audiences around the world."
While it isn't specifically mentioned in the announcement, Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters is most likely based on the novel he co-wrote last summer with Daniel Kraus. It isn't known if Guillermo del Toro will write or direct the pilot episode for this series, but we'll keep you posted as soon as more details are available. What do you think about a new Voltron and Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters coming to Netflix?