Netflix has signed a new deal with DreamWorks, which just so happens to be the biggest deal for original content in Netflix history. In a recent press release, Netflix announced a multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation that will give members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Europe exclusive access to new original TV series based on some of the studio’s most loved franchises and characters.
DreamWorks, whose global hits include Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon, promises over 300 hours of new programming. The deal marks the first time that DreamWorks Animation’s characters will make their debut on the small screen in a collection of shows. The new shows will be inspired by characters from a bunch of DreamWorks hit franchises and upcoming feature films, as well as the Classic Media Library, which it acquired in 2012.
The first series is expected to begin airing in 2014, where Netflix will premiere the new DreamWorks shows in all the territories that it operates in around the world.
Back in February, Netflix and DreamWorks announced their first ever Netflix Original Series for kids based on the upcoming film Turbo. Turbo F.A.S.T. will be the first episode based on the film and will pick up where the film leaves off. It will be available in all Netflix territories starting in December.
In addition to this, exclusively for Netflix in the U.S. and Latin America, feature films from DreamWorks Animation will begin airing, beginning with the recent global hit The Croods, followed by Turbo and the big screen adaptation of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which opens in theatres in March 2014.
Netflix definitely has some exciting things on the way and I, for one, can’t wait to see the original series based on some of DreamWorks’ classic characters.