DHX Media has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to expand film franchise Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs into television with a new adaptation. DHX Media will develop and produce 26, 22-minute traditionally animated small-screen episodes of the computer-generated animation feature films; that includes global television and non-U.S. home entertainment exploitation rights to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series (Sony will distribute home entertainment in the U.S.). The deal also has DHX Media representing merchandising for the television series on a worldwide basis.
The 2009 animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and its 2013 sequel, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 were produced by Sony Pictures Animation, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The films grossed a combined $510 million in theaters. The first movie, based on the best-selling book by Judi and Ron Barrett, followed the adventures of Flint Lockwood, an eccentric young scientist with awkward demeanor and half-baked inventions, whose machine designed to make sure nobody ever goes hungry again leaves the whole world in a pickle, and with a forecast of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The sequel picked up where the original left off, with Lockwood’s machine now creating food-animals — tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders, etc.
“Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs has a tremendous legacy as beloved children’s books and a duo of highly popular feature films, showing how great ideas can succeed across media. We believe audiences both old and new are going to love this fiercely funny franchise re-imagined for the small screen,” DXH Media president and COO Steven DeNure said in the announcement
DHX Media Ltd. is recognized globally for such brands as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou,Teletubbies, In The Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, and the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media Ltd. is the owner of Family Channel, the most-viewed children’s television channel in Canada, as well as Disney Junior (English & French) and Disney XD. The company markets and distributes its library of more than 10,000 half-hours of entertainment programming worldwide, and licenses its owned properties through its dedicated consumer products business.