8:47am PT by Gregg Kilday
Activision Blizzard's 'Skylanders Academy' Lands at Netflix
Activision Blizzard Studios has struck a two-season deal with Netflix for its first production, the animated series Skylanders Academy, which will premiere this fall.
The project, from the newly created film and TV studio headed by co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, will follow the adventures of the Skylanders team, a group of heroes who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evildoers.
Created by Toys for Bob, the $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold more than 250 million toys in the toys-to-life category since 2011, and earlier this month Activision revealed Skylanders Imaginators, the latest innovation in the franchise.
The series will be produced under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama) and will feature the voices of Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks and Norm MacDonald. Additional voice talent includes The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz.
Sher and van Dyk are being joined by Sander Schwartz, producer of animated hits including The Batman, The Aquabats! Super Show! and Justice League: The New Frontier, as the show’s executive producers. Skylanders Academy is animated by TeamTO studio in France.
“Over the last five years, millions of families around the world have welcomed Skylanders characters into their homes. Now, they’ll be able to watch their favorite characters come to life on Netflix,” Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said Thursday in making the announcement.
“Skylanders Academy gives us the opportunity to approach narrative storytelling with the same level of quality and excellence that millions of Skylanders fans have come to expect from the game,” said Sher.