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Nick, Netflix order Transformers series

Netflix and Nickelodeon have ordered two different animated series based on the Transformers franchise from Hasbro-owned Entertainment One (eOne).

Transformers: BotBots will be based on the Hasbro toy line

Transformers: BotBots will be a 20-episode animated comedy for Netflix that follows a group of mischievous little robots and is based on Hasbro’s BotBots toy line.

Kevin Burke and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series, which was announced at the same time as another Transformers show Hasbro and eOne are making with Nickelodeon.

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Transformers (26×30′) will be executive produced by Ant Ward and Nicole Dubuc and developed and co-executive produced by Dale Malinowski.

The older-skewing action-comedy series will follow a new species of Transformers who must find their place and purpose among Autobots, Decepticons and the human family that adopts them. The series will premiere exclusively on Nickelodeon in the US before rolling out internationally.

Netflix, meanwhile, is also working with eOne on a My Little Pony G5 animated series, which will continue the story from the upcoming My Little Pony film that is set to premiere on Netflix this fall.

The two series join Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming that includes The Cuphead Show!, Sonic the Hedgehog and Angry Birds, and characters from the books of Roald Dahl.

Netflix’s other forthcoming series include Ridley Jones, Ada Twist Scientist, Karma’s World, Kid Cosmic, Arlo the Alligator Boy, Centaurworld and event series Maya & the Three.

Peppa Pig owner eOne became Hasbro’s entertainment studio after the toy giant completed its acquisition of the Canadian business for US$3.8bn last year.


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