Netflix and DreamWorks partner to create 300 hours of original programming
What started with a TV series based on "Turbo" has evolved into something much bigger. DreamWorks Animation has landed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce over 300 hours of new programming for Netflix's Just For Kids section. "Turbo: F.A.S.T." is the first series that will premiere in the programming block, and the deal allows for new shows based on popular franchises like "Shrek," "How To Train Your Dragon" and "Kung Fu Panda" to also be in the works.
"DreamWorks Animation is a valued partner in our global efforts to provide families the most engaging stories delivered however, whenever and wherever they want," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says in a statement, via Variety. "This deal represents a major expansion of what's already a phenomenal relationship, allowing us to bring beloved DreamWorks characters to the 40 countries where Netflix operates and setting the stage for us to innovate together as we expand into new markets."
This big chunk of new original programming will join the likes of "House of Cards," "Hemlock Grove," "Arrested Development," "Lilyhammer," "Derek" and "Orange Is the New Black." The deal also allows DreamWorks Animation to produce new shows based on Classic Media library titles like "The Lone Ranger," "Lassie," "Fat Albert," "Archie" and "Felix the Cat."
"Turbo: F.A.S.T." is slated to premiere in December. DreamWorks Animation films starting with "The Croods," "Turbo" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" will be available on Netflix in 2014.