In an announcement today, Netflix and Nickelodeon revealed the formation of a new, multi-year output based deal. The merger will produce original animated feature films and television series based on the Nickelodeon library of characters for a wide range of audiences all around the world.
The companies had a relationship prior to this, and the deal marks an expansion. Titles such as Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus were brought to Netflix by Nickelodeon.
Netflix Vice President of Original Animation, Melissa Cobb said:
Nickelodeon has generated scores of characters that kids love, and we look forward to telling wholly original stories that re-imagine and expand on the worlds they inhabit. We’re thrilled to continue collaborating with Brian Robbins, Ramsey Naito, and the creative team at Nickelodeon in new ways as we look to find fresh voices and bring bold stories to our global audience on Netflix.
Describing the company’s next steps, Nickelodeon President, Brian Robbins said:
Nickelodeon’s next step forward is to keep expanding beyond linear platforms, and our broader content partnership with Netflix is a key path toward that goal.
The Nickelodeon Animation Studio is home to the world-class artists and storytellers behind some of the most iconic characters the shows ever made, and our head of Animation, Ramsey Naito, has been building on that legacy over the past year by ramping up development and production exponentially. The ideas and work at our Studio are flowing, and we can’t wait to work with Melissa and the Netflix team on a premium slate of original animated content for kids and families around the world.
Netflix Animation supports storytellers across all genres, tones, and techniques. The upcoming 2019 animated slate includes kids animated series Dino Girl Gauko from Japan (streaming November 22), adult animated film I Lost My Body from Jérémy Clapin (streaming November 29), Klaus from Sergio Pablos (streaming November 15), and Fast & Furious Spy Racers from DreamWorks (streaming December 26), among others.