Netflix And Saban Brands Announce "Popples", A New Original Series For Kids
Based On The Lovable Characters From The 1980s, Popples Is Set To POP Onto Netflix Worldwide In 2015
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 24, 2014 -- Saban Brands and Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) announced today a POP-tastic original kids series, Popples, exclusively for all Netflix members worldwide. This new playful animated series will re-imagine the nostalgic adorable species of brightly colored creatures that transform from fluffy balls to furry friends and back again, while keeping the same silly spirit of the original Popples characters that fans know and love. Originally introduced in 1985, Popples made their debut with a successful toy line followed by what became a very popular Saturday morning television show. Netflix will transport viewers into the colorful world of Popplopolis with 26 half-hour episodes, beginning in late 2015.
"We look forward to debuting this new Popples series to children around the world," said Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and founder of Saban Brands. "Netflix continues to be a great strategic partner, delivering compelling content that kids can enjoy anywhere and everywhere. With the global reach of Netflix, we know Popples will reach a whole new generation of kids that will love it as much as their parents."
"Saban Brands has made history producing iconic and globally recognizable kids shows like Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and the new Julius Jr. series," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. "We are excited to expand the relationship we enjoy together around the world with the launch of Popples as a new Netflix original series for kids."
Each episode's fantastical adventure will be driven by the wacky and comedic enthusiasm of the lovable Best Popple Pals (BPP's): Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes. Always wanting to help their friends, neighbors and each other, the BPP's optimistic intentions typically backfire in hilarious ways, leading them to find new and crazy ways to unwind the mayhem they've caused. Luckily they always manage to save the day in their own POP-tastic way. Saban Brands is producing the new Popples series with ZAG Entertainment, exclusively for Netflix.
Popples are fun, lovable, brightly colored and adorable creatures that transform from fluffy balls to furry friends and back again. Saban Brands will re-imagine the franchise for a new generation of kids with an all-new animated series in 2015. The show will be a high-energy comedy series, driven by the optimistic comic entertainment of its main characters, or Best Popple Pals (BPP's): Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes. Popples made its original debut in the U.S. in 1985 with a successful toy line, followed by a Saturday morning television show based on the toys. Visit www.sabanbrands.com for more information.
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About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB's portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.