8:00am PT by Rick Porter
New 'Transformers' Animated Series Set to Roll Out at Nickelodeon, Netflix
Entertainment One, the entertainment arm of toymaker Hasbro, is doubling up on Transformers animated shows.
The studio has landed new Transformers series at both Nickelodeon and Netflix. EOne will also produce a My Little Pony animated series for Netflix that will continue the story of a feature film set for release on the streamer later this year.
Both Transformers series will be aimed at younger viewers. Nick's untitled show — the ViacomCBS network's first in the long-running animated franchise — received a 26-episode order. It will follow a new species of Transformers who are looking for their place among the Autobots, Decepticons and the human family that adopts them. The show comes from executive producers Ant Ward (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Nicole Dubuc (Transformers: Rescue Bots) and developer and co-exec producer Dale Malinowski. Nickelodeon Animation Studio produces with eOne.
"As soon as I read the creative concept, which at its core is about family, I knew we absolutely had to tell this story with our good friends at eOne and Hasbro," said Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito. "The series will tell a reimagined story featuring both original characters and fan-favorites for a whole new generation of kids and families. The creative team at Nick, overseen by Claudia Spinelli, senior vp animation development, can’t wait to get started on building this new world."
Netflix, meanwhile, has ordered 20 episodes of Transformers: BotBots, based on the toy line of the same name. The comedic show will follow the title characters, who disguise themselves as small, everyday objects at a mall before transforming at night to make mischief. Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy) executive produce.
"We are delighted to partner with Netflix to bring an all-new Transformers story to life and explore a whole new universe with BotBots," said Olivier Dumont, president family brands at eOne. "Transformers storytelling has expanded into so many new avenues, and we can't wait to surprise both existing fans and new fans coming to the franchise for the first time with these fun bots who are definitely more than meets the eye."
Transformers: BotBots is the second original animated series in the franchise to land at Netflix, following the anime-inspired Transformers: War for Cybertron, which is aimed at older viewers. The streamer also carries several other animated shows in the franchise.
The CG-animated My Little Pony series will build on the events of the movie, in which the pony world of Equestria loses its magic. The show will follow the further adventures of Sunny Starscout, an idealistic Earth Pony, and her friends.
Hasbro acquired eOne in 2019 in part so the toy company could acquire rights to the studio's kids' series, among them PJ Masks and Peppa Pig. The studio is also developing shows based on Hasbro IP, including an adaptation of board game Risk from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon.