Netflix is expanding its original kids programming slate with Winx Club WOW: World Of Winx, a spinoff from the popular Winx Club girls fairy animated franchise. Netflix has teamed with Winx Club producer Rainbow Studios, the company of the franchise’s creator Iginio Straffi, for two seasons of the new series to debut in early 2016 and fall 2016. The seasons, each consisting of thirteen 22-minute episodes, will be exclusively available in all Netflix territories including France and Germany.
In Winx Club WOW, the girls embark on an undercover journey all around the world looking for talented kids in art sports, music and science. These kids have their own kind of magic, and the Winx Club fairies are enchanted by them though it doesn’t take long before trouble sets in, and a new and dangerous mystery for Bloom and the others to solve. There will be a Netflix stamp on the storylines in the spinoff, which will be more serialized to fit the binge viewing patterns of the streaming company’s customers.
Created by Straffi, Winx Club is probably the most successful Italian animated series ever. It is hugely popular in Europe and is the first Italian cartoon to be sold in the U.S. where it is carried by Nickelodeon and Netflix. The most recent Winx Club movie, The Mystery Of The Abyss, will be available only on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France shortly after its theatrical release earlier this month. “Winx Club is already a very successful show on Netflix in all our territories; it’s exciting to be expanding our relationship with such a great European animation studio,” said Erik Barmack, VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix.