Netflix and Rainbow Studios team up for Winx Club spin-off series
James R | On 26, Sep 2014
Netflix and Rainbow Studios are teaming up for a Winx Club spin-off series for kids.
The two company’s existing partnership has already seen the earlier seasons of Winx Club released on the service in all global regions Netflix is currently available, as well as other hit Rainbow properties PopPixie and Mia and me. Additionally, the most recent Winx Club movie, The Mystery of the Abyss, will be available only on Netflix in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and France shortly after its theatrical release earlier this month.
Winx Club WOW: World of Winx will span two seasons and follow the girls embarking on an undercover journey all around the world looking for talented kids in art, sports, music and science. These kids have their own kind of magic, and the Winx Club fairies are enchanted by them, although it doesnt take long before trouble sets in and a new and dangerous mystery arrives for Bloom and the others to solve.
The show’s approach to story lines will be more serialized and designed specifically for the on-demand viewing of Netflix members. The 13 22-minute episodes are packed full of the franchise’s traditional mixture of friendship, magic and adventure. The first season will be released by early 2016, with the second following in the autumn.
Winx Club WOW: World of Winx marks the latest addition to the Netflix original kids programming slate, following a slew of content arranged with DreamWorks – such as Turbo F.A.S.T. and a How to Train Your Dragon spin-off – as well a reboot of The Magic School Bus and, if Winx Club isn’t obscure enough for you, a new show based on 1980s Saban toys Popples.
“Winx Club is already a very successful show on Netflix in all our territories; its exciting to be expanding our relationship with such a great European animation studio,” says Erik Barmack, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Netflix.
“We are very happy to be building a solid and wide collaboration with Netflix, so extending it to include new and original content is fantastic news,” adds Mr. Iginio Straffi, President and CEO of Rainbow Group. ”Netflix is an innovative and exciting presence in the field of content distribution and our production teams are busy putting together what will be a brand new and truly magical experience for Winx Club fans across the globe.”