Netflix Adds 7 Original Kids Series, Including Lego's 'Bionicle' and DreamWorks' 'Dawn of the Croods'
Saban Brands' 'Glitter Force' and American Greetings' 'Buddy Thunderstruck' also get series orders as the U.S.-based streamer expands its youth programming.
Netflix on Thursday unveiled seven new original series for tween and teen audiences, including two new shows from LEGO and DreamWorks' family sitcom Dawn of the Croods.
The U.S. streaming giant also ordered the the live action show Lost & Found Music Studios from Canada's Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, the stop-motion, action-comedy Buddy Thunderstruck from American Greetings Entertainment, Saban Brands' anime-inspired Glitter Force and the animated series Las Leyendas from Mexican animation studio Anima Estudios.
Also headed to Netflix is LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One and LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship. Both four-episode series will debut in all Netflix territories globally in early 2016.
Dawn of the Croods, to bow on Dec. 24, 2015, will be available in all Netflix territories, except Germany and Japan. And Glitter Force, comprising 20 episodes, will bow worldwide exclusively on Netflix, except in Asia.
Netflix will also exclusively stream starting in 2016 26 half-hours of Lost & Found Music Studios in all territories worldwide outside of Canada, the UK and Ireland. Finally, the first season, or 13 episodes, of Las Leyendas will debut exclusively on Netflix, worldwide, in 2017.
The mix of new animated and live-action series aims to broaden the streaming service's existing selection of kids and family entertainment shows. "Roughly half of our 65 million members around the world regularly watch kids content and with the addition of these seven diverse original series we are continuing our strong investment in kids programming," Andy Yeatman, director of global kids content for Netflix, said in a statement on Thursday.