Netflix, the SVOD giant has given its go ahead signal to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel series of The Jim Henson Company’s 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal. The new series revolves around three Gelfing (elf-like creatures) that discover a secret behind the evil overlord’s power and set out on a journey to save the world. The series will be shot in the UK and will star an ensemble of fantastical puppets created by Jim Henson‘s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. Produced by The Jim Henson Company, the Netflix original will be executively produced by Louis Leterrier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Leterrier will also direct the series. Meanwhile, McFarlane Toys is also joining the brand’s 35th anniversary celebration.
SVOD giants Amazon and Netflix have edged out PBS, the perennial broadcasting powerhouse to win most of the awards at the 44th Emmy awards ceremony held last Friday night in Los Angeles. The streaming video platforms together won 24 statuettes (13 for Amazon, 11 for Netflix), while PBS annexed nine awards, six fewer than last year. Netflix and DreamWorks Animation animated comedy Trollhunters was the ceremony’s big winner by collecting six Emmys, the most multiple awards for a kids series. Its key category wins included outstanding writing in an animated programme (Marc Guggenheim), outstanding directing in an animated programme (Rodrigo Blaas, Guillermo del Toro) and outstanding performer in an animated programme (Kelsey Grammer as Blinky). The acclaimed show inspired by del Toro’
Looks like Disney and Netflix are going to part ways sooner or later. With Disney moving close to have its own over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, it won't need Netflix forever, it is understood. Then in that eventuality, the question that will come to mind would be what would Disney decide to do? The outcome could vary from taking all its content and putting them up on its (Disney branded) OTT service, to leaving some content on Netflix such as the Marvel superhero shows. Way back on December 4, 2012, Netflix and The Walt Disney Company had in a joint press release announced a multi-year agreement for Netflix to become the exclusive subscription outlet in the U.S. for films from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature star
Filming of The Legend of Monkey, a big-budget live-action fantasy drama TV series has begun at Auckland. The series that is targeted for families is being produced for ABC, TVNZ and Netflix by Aussie production house See-Saw Films in association with New Zealand’s Jump Film & TV. Inspired by the 16th century literary Chinese fable Journey to the West, the co-production follows the adventures of a teenage girl and a trio of fallen Gods who must restore balance to their world by destroying a demonic evil force. The adaptation’s head writer is Jacquelin Perske, who had earlier written Seven Types of Ambiguity, Spirited. For this particular project, she is working with Samantha Strauss and Craig Irvin.The series is being directed by Gerard Johnstone. The cast includes Chai Hansen as
One Animation’s animated TV series Oddbobs has been released on Netflix in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The long-form toon follows seven colorful characters as they play pranks on one another. The SVOD deal comes after a one and five-minute shorts of Oddbods garnered nearly two billion views across social media. The series’ long-form version was sold last year to broadcasters including Boomerang, Disney channels in Asia, Canal Plus in France and Africa, ITV in the UK and Boing in Italy. This past fall, ITV also signed on licensees for Oddbods with help from UK master toy partner Golden Bear. The show’s second season will also be streamed on Netflix later this summer.
Who doesn’t know Gina Rodriguez, the Golden Globe-winning star of hit series Jane the Virgin? The actress has signed on to voice for iconic crook Carmen Sandiego in Netflix’s upcoming animated reboot titled ‘Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? The SVOD giant has reportedly ordered 20 episodes of the new series. Carmen Sandiego, a clever thief in a striking red coat and wide-brimmed hat expertly eluding capture, first appeared in the 1985 educational computer game Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? from Brøderbund Software. The company made multiple fresh iterations all the way through to 2015′s Carmen Sandiego Returns. The franchise also spawned a popular kids’ game show on PBS. The original animated series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? was produced by DIC Entertainment an
Last weekend, the Irish Film & Television Academy's (IFTA) Film & Drama awards were given away. The Best Film prize was lapped up by A Date for Mad Mary with cast member Charleigh Bailey also snapping the Best Supporting Actress award. This year’s IFTA Award for Animation went to Second to None by Vincent Gallagher. The film edged out Sean Cunningham’s Define Intervention, Wiggleywoo Studio’s Don’t Forget the Bread by director Gary Gill and Kealan O’Rouke’s Christmas tale The Lost Letter. Second to None is a stop-motion black comedy about Frederick Butterfield, who has been runner-up to his twin brother Herman his entire life. When Herman, older by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick sees his chance to get ahead for once. The film made the qualifying shor
Netflix is getting into its first big animated feature project with it announcing that it will finance America: The Motion Picture, it is understood. The R-rated project stars Channing Tatum as the voice of George Washington in an animation adventure through revisionist history. The film is being scripted by animation newcomer Dave Callaham, who had penned the Expendables franchise and also the upcoming Zombieland 2, with direction by adult animation veteran Matt Thompson. Callaham, Thompson and his Floyd County Prod. partner Adam Reed are producing, as is Tatum with his Free Association partners Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin, along with Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Will Allegra of Lord Miller
After 14 years since Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron bagged an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, DreamWorks has teamed up again with Netflix to attract attention of a new generation of kids with Spirit Riding Free, an animated spin-off that will make its US debut on the SVOD giant on May 5. The series, aimed at girls between ages of 6 to 10, takes place in the 19th century. It follows 12-year-old Lucky, whose mother dies and she leaves high society life to live with her dad in the American West. She then bonds with a horse named Spirit, the offspring of the main characters from the 2002 movie. According to showrunner Aury Wallington, while there are themes tied into the original movie, the new series has its own unique personality. “When DreamWorks said they wanted to do a
As the second largest and fastest growing market for smartphones in the world, India is witnessing an increase in content consumption on handheld devices (mobile phones) via over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime video. The reasons for this prompt consumption pattern have been the improvement in speeds of internet, lower 4G internet tariffs by telecom companies and easy availability of low cost smartphones. Before 2015, this growth was gradual as nobody could make a dent with the right mix of technology and content suited to Indian tastes. However, in that very year, the turning point came when the Rupert Murdoch-owned Star India launched Hotstar. Though Sony Pictures Networks India's Sony Liv was already in the market, the launch of Hotstar su...