Tuesday, January 5, 2016

01.05.2016 - New Voltron Series Coming to Netflix!

Voltron” is coming back.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. announced Tuesday it was producing a “reimagining” of the cult-classic anime cartoon about young pilots and their lion robots, to start streaming this year on Netflix.
The original “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” was only on television for two years in the mid-1980s, but has since launched a following that includes spinoffs, books and Comic-Con panels.
Now DreamWorks, which acquired the rights to “Voltron” when it purchased Classic Media’s library of characters in 2012 for $155 million, is hoping nostalgic fans and newcomers are ready for another go with the Lion Voltron Force.
The announcement was part of an expansion of DreamWorks’ deal with Netflix. The family entertainment company, best known for feature films like “Shrek” and “Home,” has made its Netflix partnership a crucial part of an expansion strategy that takes its content beyond the multiplex.
DreamWorks said Tuesday it would be developing more shows for Netflix based on its movies and other characters as part of the expansion. The deal also includes streaming rights to the studio’s movies.
DreamWorks’ television department now has commitments to produce more than 1600 episodes for Netflix and other partners, a company spokesman said.

- Wall Street Journal

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