9:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Nickelodeon Developing Animated Series 'Meet the Voxels,' With VR and AR Experiences
Nickelodeon is developing an animated sitcom with a working title of Meet the Voxels, which additionally will get a virtual and augmented reality experience.
It is being developed by the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, a division aimed at research and development around emerging platforms and new technology. The Lab's senior vp Chris Young conceived the multiplatform project.
Set in the video game world, Meet the Voxels will follow a family of video game characters. At this stage, the Voxels are: Hunter, the 13-year-old star of a laser-tag video game; Maude, a 16-year-old girl fighting to pop as many bubbles as she can; their younger brother Cody, who has not found his video game calling yet; Mom, a popular street fighter in her game; and Dad, a 1990s-era classic console game character who quit the business years ago.
Jana Petrosini and Sean Gill (Henry Danger, Kid Danger, Game Shakers) are writing the pilot.
Over the past year, Young has developed kids' experiences through the Lab including SlimeZone, a multi-player social VR experience that allows kids and families the opportunity to interact in a Nickelodeon-designed virtual world; and The Loud House 360, which allows viewers to explore the Loud family household from all angles. The Lab recently created Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VR Interview Experience, which debuted at San Diego Comic Con.
Young, who previously served as executive creative director for the Nickelodeon Animation Lab, will help to guide further development of a larger slate of animated projects for Nickelodeon, according to Thursday's announcement.