Netflix inks new deal with Nickelodeon

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More original animated features and television series are in the offing between the two companies…

After successfully bringing back Nickelodeon properties Rocko’s Modern Life and Invader Zim this year, Netflix has set a fresh deal with Nick for a slate of new original animated features and television series to be created and released over the next few years. New characters and old will be explored by the same teams who are currently working on a number of other projects, including a Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles special.

“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,” said Netflix vice president of original animation Melissa Cobb. “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.”

According to Variety, Netflix claims that 60% of its subscribers regularly stream kids TV shows on its platform, as viewing numbers steadily decrease across broadcast TV channels.

“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,” said Brian Robbins, president of Nickelodeon. “The Nickelodeon Animation Studio is home to the world-class artists and storytellers behind some of the most iconic characters and 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.”