Josh Wakely will direct, write and produce the series via his Grace: A Storytelling Company, which he co-owns with Beat Bugs executive producer Trevor Roy. Film and TV production group Thunderbird co-produces with Beyond Screen Production. The series follows Grace’s deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for worldwide rights to record covers of the Beatles song catalog for the production.
Beat Bugs incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney Northern Songs catalog to tell
uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody. The Beat Bugs are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem. Each of the five friends (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter) has a distinctive personality, and they display the charm and energy of five knockabout, lovable kids. They are best friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.
Some of the most well-known Beatles songs will be woven into the narrative of each episode, with Vedder, Pink, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, Corden, and Birdy each recording their rendition of an iconic song. Further artists joining the project are expected to be announced in the coming months. Among the songs featured include “Help!,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Come Together,” “Penny Lane,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”
“It’s a rare occasion to be presented with a truly one-of-a-kind children’s show that is so perfectly suited to Netflix,” said Andy Yeatman, director of original kids content at Netflix. “Josh and his team have not only developed a compelling children’s show filled with life lessons, but they’ve built a show that will transcend generations and have parents and grandparents enjoying right alongside their little ones.”
Thunderbird-owned Atomic Cartoons will provide animation for the series. Beat Bugs, repped by Beyond Distribution, will premiere on Netflix in Australia after its premiere on Seven Network.
Wakely is repped by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman.
Watch the trailer above.