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C21May iPad

Nick, CBS confirm Star Trek toon

Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios are moving forward with an animated Star Trek series for children.

It will be developed by Emmy winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters, Ninjago) and overseen for Nickelodeon by Ramsey Naito, executive VP of animation production and development.

Debuting exclusively on Nickelodeon, the series will expand the Star Trek universe for a new generation of fans, the companies said.

It follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for “adventure, meaning and salvation,” according to the producers.

The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm, CBS Eye Animation Productions, alongside Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman, with Aaron Baiers co-executive producing.

Claudia Spinelli, VP of animation development, is the executive in charge of the series for Nickelodeon.

“Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honours its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world,” said Kurtzman.

The animated series is the newest addition to the expanding Star Trek television universe. It joins projects such as Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Short Treks, plus the new untitled Star Trek series that will see Sir Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard.

An animated series aimed at adults, Star Trek: Lower Decks, from Mike McMahan (Rick & Morty), is also destined for CBS All Access, the US broadcast network’s streaming platform.

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