Netflix has signed a multiyear overall deal with Chris Nee, the award-winning creator/EP of Doc McStuffins and Vampirina who has championed kids TV stories with diverse points of view for more than two decades.
Under the deal, Nee will write and produce new animated and live-action series for preschool and all audiences exclusively for the streamer. Netflix also will have a first-look option on feature film projects from Nee and her production company, Laughing Wild.
“Chris is an absolute master at crafting characters that kids want to spend time with and telling stories that are representative of all different types of families and communities,” said Melissa Cobb, VP Kids & Family at Netflix. “She is among the very best and most prolific artists working in kids content today and we are so honored that Chris has chosen to make Netflix her creative home.”
Nee’s writing credits ranges from Blue’s Clues and Maya & Miguel to The Backyardigans, Wonder Pets! and Ni Hao, Kai-Lan. She won a Daytime Emmy and a Humanitas Prize for writing on Little Bill, the 2000s Nick Jr. toon created by Bill Cosby. She also has a pair of Kidscreen Awards for Doc McStuffins, which is the first preschool show to feature an animated African-American female as the lead character as well as a family led by LGBTQ parents. The series won an NCAAP Image Award this year.
Nee also developed and executive produced the Emmy-nominated series Vampirina and began her career as an associate producer at Sesame Street International, where she spent time in countries including Mexico, Finland, Israel and Jordan working on their local productions for theshow.
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“The beauty of Netflix is that they don’t define me by what I’ve done in the past but by who they think I can be in the future,” Nee said. “I love that they don’t believe in boxes but rather encourage creators to dream big and swing for the fences creatively. Just as important is my ability to define the culture of my company and double-down on finding and nurturing new and diverse voices. My mission is to create work that reflects the world we live in and lend a voice to the storytellers who haven’t always had access. I can’t wait to get started.”