DHX Media has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to expand the blockbuster film franchise Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to the small screen with the announcement of an upcoming animated television series, Series will have a continuity to movies and start as a prequel to everything.
Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media, said: “’Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ has a tremendous legacy as beloved children’s books and a duo of highly popular feature films, showing how great ideas can succeed across media. We believe audiences both old and new are going to love this fiercely funny franchise reimagined for the small screen.”
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, said: “I’m thrilled to see the adventures of our beloved characters from ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ further expanded to television for audiences around the world to enjoy.”
Rick Mischel, executive producer at Sony Pictures Animation, added: “DHX’s track record in creating great kids’ television content makes them an ideal partner to capture the unique humor and tone of Flint Lockwood and his friends that made the theatrical franchise so successful.”
The far-reaching deal will see DHX Media develop and produce twenty-six 22-minute, traditionally animated small-screen episodes of the acclaimed computer-generated animated feature films, and includes global television and non-US home entertainment exploitation rights to “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series” (Sony will distribute home entertainment in the US). The deal also has DHX Media representing merchandising for the television series on a worldwide basis.