Guillermo del Toro and Voltron are heading to Netflix, as part of a new deal with DreamWorks Animation.
The streaming giant and DreamWorks’ animation arm have been in cahoots with each other for some time, forming the main backbone of Netflix’s original offerings for kids. Content produced by DreamWorks for the site include spin-offs from many of its franchises, from The Adventures of Puss in Boots and All Hail King Julien to Dragons: Race to the Edge.
As Race to the Edge prepares to release its second season this Friday (8th January), the duo have today expanded their current multi-year deal, making Netflix the global home, outside of China, to a number of new original series for the whole family from the studio.
The agreement, which also covers streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library, will extend 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.
This year, though, Netflix will also launch new series from DWA that are not spin-offs. These will include a “reimagining” of Voltron and Trollhunters, a new series from Guillermo del Toro, which will “unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown”.
Over the term of the new agreement, a number of new original series will be developed and produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix, based not only on recent and upcoming feature films from the studio, but also on other classic IP.
“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy,” says 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.”
“This agreement adds to the incredible foundation we’ve built together with Netflix over a number of years across both film and television,” adds Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation. “We are proud to work closely with Netflix to continue delivering high-quality programming to audiences around the world.”