How’s this one for timing? Just after the official launch of Disney+ (not in South Africa, mind), Netflix decided to invest in some children’s programming.
Disney starting up its own streaming platform means that Netflix lost most rights to Disney content on the service. Which means it loses a whole lotta children’s programming. Not that Netflix isn’t investing in its own shows for the kiddos, but it could definitely use more.
Today Netflix and Nickelodeon announced that they have signed a multi-year deal that’ll give Netflix access to original Nick-shows. These will include some of the much-loved Nickelodeon characters, as well as new ones that’ll be developed specifically for the platform.
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This isn’t the first time the two N-networks have worked together though. A few years ago, they signed a deal for a few collabs, including a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series, Rocko’s Modern Life, Invader Zim, The Loud House and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And you know what? As fully grown, capable adults, we’re exceptionally amped for this deal. It’ll produce some fresh Netflix-backed content (its animation studio is ace) featuring Nickelodeon characters from the past. We’re betting for some iCarly, Hey Arnold!, CatDog, some more Invader Zim, The Fairly Odd Parents and even some of the weirdness that was Kenan & Kel. Just because we like ’em.
And the coolest part? It’ll be available in SA, as we’ve got Netflix already. Hear that Disney? Time to get a move on.
Sauce: The Hollywood Reporter