TV & Streaming Bytes: Disney+ Plans Massive Summer Expansion, New ‘He-Man’ Series, ‘Godzilla’ & More
hit streamer Disney+ confirmed plans for a major expansion of its global service area this summer, bringing exclusive original content and thousands of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and more to 42 countries and 11 new territories. First dates to be announced. The new countries and territories include (in alphabetical order):
- Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro , Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Yemen.
- Faroe Islands (Denmark), French Polynesia (French Southern Territories), Overseas Collective of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (France), Åland Islands (Finland), Sint Maarten (Netherlands), Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway ); British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands and Saint Helena (UK).
BC-based audio and creative agency KfAudio steps up its cartoon game by launching pre-production of an original adult animation concept, Saxon Jackson. The five-minute episodes will follow the misadventures of an average modern-day man who finds himself sent back to the Viking Age of 900 AD. A trailer is in the works and will be released in May.
“Our goal is to make this so fun that you’ll never watch another cat video again,” says Saxon Jackson creator and designer Kirk Furniss. The audio veteran has a long list of credits as a sound designer and FX editor for animation, including the upcoming Disney Junior series Alice’s Wonderland Bakerynew Johnny’s essay for Netflix, Carmen Sandiego, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Kid versus Kat and Class of the Titans.
For young audiences, a new four-legged friend is about to Cartoonito to HBO Max on Thursday, February 24, expanding the U.S. footprint of the British pre-K hit Bing. A brand new bespoke American version of Acamar Movies‘ debuted in the United States on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network in September. Since then, six episodes have aired each weekday. Now, Bing will be available to 45 million streaming subscribers.
Produced by Acamar Films, with Dublin studio Brown Bag Films, Bing has enjoyed extraordinary success since its UK launch in 2014, winning the International Emmy for Best Children’s Programme, the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Writing in a Children’s Program and a BAFTA nomination for Best Children’s Program . Adapted from the original books by Ted Dewan, Bing celebrates the joyful, messy reality of preschool life and finds the big stories in the little moments. Bing streams in 130 territories around the world and continues to “move and delight” Bingsters and their adults through a growing lineup of award-winning movies, books, magazines, apps, consumer products, digital, live shows and cinematic experiences. .
Alcuni Group introduces youngsters to a new pair of comedic pals, with its latest 2D digital animation series Vlady & Miro first in Italy. Co-produced with Rai Ragazzi with the support of the POR FESR of the Veneto region, the 26 x 5′ slapstick series has already been launched on Rai Play VOD and will make its broadcast debut on Rai YoYo at the beginning of February.
Vlady & Miro is set deep in the mountains of the Dolomites and revolves around the hopelessly wacky and hilarious and disastrous attempts of Mirò the raccoon to get his housemate, Vlady the bear, to stop his incessant snoring during winter hibernation. “The plot is simple and classic, with all the absurdities and gags at the heart of pure ‘slapstick’. Which, by the way, comes from the traditional wooden clapper of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte, the ‘batacchio “, notes the producer Francesco Manfio.
The fandom community had some good news this week – and while the projects aren’t animated, our nerdy little hearts can’t help but spread the word. (Plus, there’s bound to be some fabulous visual effects work.)
- Mattel and netflix are developing an iconic 1980s franchise masters of the universe in a live-action film, which is expected to begin production in the summer of 2022. The Nee Brothers (the lost city,) co-directed from a screenplay written by the Nees and David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). Rising talent Kyle Allen (West Side Story) will star as Prince Adam/He-Man. In masters of the universeorphan Adam discovers that he is a prince destined to be the savior of a distant land and must quickly learn his power and the importance of saving his true homeland from an evil force.
- peacock placed a direct order for a supernatural drama series dead day from Universal Televisionbased on the hit comic book series AfterShock created by Ryan Parrott, of The Vampire Diaries producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, who will serve as co-showrunners, writers and executive producers. The story follows a set of characters as they navigate the annual “Day of the Dead”, when for one night the dead return to finish unfinished business – whether to celebrate a night back on Earth or to torment the living.
- AppleTV+ announced a series order for a new live-action original series from Legendary Monsterverse franchise. Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that razed San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores a family’s journey to uncover their buried secrets and a legacy connecting them to the known secret organization. under the Monarch name. The untitled series is created by co-executive producers Chris Black (Star Trek: Enterprise), also showrunner, and Matt Fraction (Hawk Eye). Safehouse Pictures and Toho Co., owner of Godzilla, are also on board.
More new offers and expansions:
- Genius Brands International launches its flagship children’s animation series, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergartenproduced by and with Arnold Schwarzenegger, across China on the Alibaba Group streamer Youkufrom March 2022, and the Tudo and Kumiao apps.
- Children’s action-adventure series Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do makes its digital premiere on Voting children in India. The show is produced by Alpha Group and Guangdong Alpha Entertainment & Culture in China.
- Moonbug Entertainment (CoComelon, Little Baby Bum) continues its growth in APAC by launching its first linear Moonbug Kids chain in Malaysia, in partnership with astroFebruary 1. Additional content will be available upon request and via Astro GO.
- NBCUniversalit is peacock platform continues its European deployment with Sky, arriving on Sky Q and sky ticket in Germany as well as Sky X in Austria.
- Cinedigme is in partnership with Nreal to bring its specialty channels Bloody Disgusting TV, Realmadrid TV and CONTV to its new AR app “TV”.