Netflix, Inc. and DreamWorks Animation will expand their partnership to include new series and more family-targeted entertainment, the companies announced Tuesday, “making Netflix the global home, outside of China” for the shows, they said, and covering streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library.
“DreamWorks Animation’s television production commitments now total more than 1,600 episodes across both linear and SVOD platforms,” a DWA spokesperson told Deadline.
Netflix plans to launch several new series from DWA in the coming year, including a reimagining of Voltron, and the new series, Trollhunters, from Guillermo del Toro, “who will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown,” according to the statement released jointly by Netflix and DWA. 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 and Dragons: Race to the Edge, among others.
“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Series for Netflix. “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.”
Over the term of the new agreement, new original series developed and produced by DWA for Netflix will be based not only on recent and upcoming feature films from the studio, but also on other classic IP.
“This agreement adds to the incredible foundation we’ve built together with Netflix over a number of years across both film and television,” Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation, said in the announcement. “We are proud to work closely with Netflix to continue delivering high-quality programming to audiences around the world.”