DreamWorks Animation Television

Summary

DreamWorks Animation Television
FormerlyDreamWorks Television Animation
(1996–2012)
TypeDivision
IndustryTelevision animation production
PredecessorDreamWorks Television
Founded1996; 25 years ago (1996)
Founders
Headquarters1000 Flower Street, ,
U.S.
Areas served
Worldwide
ProductsTelevision animated series
ParentDreamWorks Animation
(NBCUniversal)
Websitehttps://www.dreamworks.com/shows

DreamWorks Animation Television (abbreviated as DWATV or simply DAT) is an American animation studio that serves as the television production arm of DreamWorks Animation, itself a subsidiary of Universal Pictures and a division of Comcast's NBCUniversal. Founded in 1996, the entity was formerly named DreamWorks Television Animation. Its first programs from the 1990s and early 2000s used the live-action television logo, and were produced by DreamWorks Television, before DWATV and its parent company were spun off into an independent company in 2004 and later purchased by NBCUniversal in 2016. In total, the division has released 43 programs, with six in development.

History

The company was first formed in 1996 as the animation division of DreamWorks Television, a subsidiary of the main DreamWorks studio. The TV division was spearheaded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg and was headed by former Walt Disney Television Animation executives Gary Krisel and David Simon.[1] DWTA only produced two series: Invasion America and Toonsylvania. In a move to consolidate, DreamWorks Television Animation was shut down in 1999 as well as the direct-to-video subsidiary merged with the studio's feature animation division, as a way for the company to reorganize its animation divisions to operate under one umbrella.[2] More than two-thirds of the TV division's 50 employees were transferred to the direct-to-video unit and it was expected that only a minimal number of employees were be affected by the reorganization.[2]

In 2013, DreamWorks Animation entered a multi-year content deal with Netflix to provide 300 hours of exclusive original content.[3] And the intent of the deal was to establish a reliable income for the studio to defray the financial risk of solely relying on the theatrical film market.[4] The next day, DWA completed a five-year licensing agreement with Super RTL for the Classic Media library and the Netflix slate.[5] DWA announced executive hiring for its new television group, DreamWorks Animation Television in late July. Former Nickelodeon senior executive Margie Cohn became Head of Television for the group.[6] In September that same year, DreamWorks announced that it has acquired the TV library of London-based Chapman Entertainment with the programs to distributed through DWA's UK-based TV distribution operation.[7]

In late 2014, DreamWorks Animation launched its own channel called the DreamWorks Channel. DreamWorks made a deal with HBO Asia to handle affiliate sales, marketing and technical services, the network will launch in several Asian countries (excluding China and Japan) in the second half of 2015.[8] The channel first premiered in English on August 1, 2015, and a Thai-dubbed channel launched in September 2015.[9] In 2016, DreamWorks Animation Television and its parent company were purchased by Comcast through its NBCUniversal division.[10][11][12]

Television series

# Title Creator(s)/Developer(s) Premiere date End date Network Co-production with
1 Toonsylvania Bill Kopp
Chris Otsuki
February 7, 1998 (1998-02-07) January 18, 1999 (1999-01-18) Fox Kids N/A
2 Invasion America Steven Spielberg
Harve Bennett
June 8, 1998 (1998-06-08) July 7, 1998 (1998-07-07) The WB / Kids' WB
3 Father of the Pride Jeffrey Katzenberg August 31, 2004 (2004-08-31) May 27, 2005 (2005-05-27) NBC
4 The Penguins of Madagascar Mark McCorkle
Bob Schooley
November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29) December 19, 2015 (2015-12-19) Nickelodeon (2008–2012)
Nicktoons (2013–2015)
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
5 Neighbors from Hell[a] Pam Brady June 7, 2010 (2010-06-07) July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26) TBS Wounded Poodle
Bento Box Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
6 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Peter Hastings September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29) Nickelodeon (2011–2014)
Nicktoons (2016)
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
7 DreamWorks Dragons Linda Teverbaugh
Mike Teverbaugh
August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) February 16, 2018 (2018-02-16) Cartoon Network (2012–2014)
Netflix (2015–2018)
N/A
8 Monsters vs. Aliens Mark McCorkle
Bob Schooley
March 23, 2013 (2013-03-23) February 8, 2014 (2014-02-08) Nickelodeon Nickelodeon Animation Studio
9 Turbo Fast December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24) February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05) Netflix Titmouse, Inc.
10 All Hail King Julien December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01) N/A
11 The Adventures of Puss in Boots January 16, 2015 (2015-01-16) January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
12 Dinotrux Ron Burch
David Kidd
August 14, 2015 (2015-08-14) August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)
13 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09) April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21) Jay Ward Productions
14 Dawn of the Croods Brendan Hay December 24, 2015 (2015-12-24) July 7, 2017 (2017-07-07) N/A
15 Noddy, Toyland Detective Heath Kenny
Myles McLeod
April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02) March 22, 2020 France 5 (France)
Channel 5 (United Kingdom)
Universal Kids (United States)
Gaumont Animation
16 Voltron: Legendary Defender Joaquim Dos Santos
Lauren Montgomery
June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10) December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14) Netflix Studio Mir
World Events Productions
17 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Ryan Crego
Thurop Van Orman
July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29) July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20) N/A
18 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Guillermo del Toro December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23) May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25) Double Dare You Productions
19 Spirit Riding Free Aury Wallington May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05) September 4, 2020 (2020-09-04) N/A
20 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Matthew Beans January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
21 The Boss Baby: Back in Business Brandon Sawyer April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06) November 17, 2020
22 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Marco Schnabel
David P. Smith
May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11) January 11, 2019 (2019-01-11) Amazon Prime Video Jay Ward Productions
23 Harvey Girls Forever! Emily Brundige June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29) January 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) Netflix N/A
24 The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Peter Hastings
Mark Banker
July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) July 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)
25 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Noelle Stevenson November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13) May 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)
26 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Elliott Owen November 16, 2018 (2018-11-16) July 4, 2019 (2019-07-04) Amazon Prime Video
27 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Guillermo del Toro December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12) Netflix Double Dare You Productions
28 Where's Waldo? Koyalee Chanda
Lucas Mills
July 20, 2019 (2019-07-20) present Universal Kids (2019)
Peacock (2020–present)
N/A
29 Archibald's Next Big Thing Tony Hale
Drew Champion
Jacob Moffat
September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06) Netflix (2019–2020)
Peacock (2021–present)[13]
30 DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders Jack Thomas
Johnny Belt
Robert Scull
September 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
31 Cleopatra in Space Mike Maihack
Doug Langdale
Fitzy Fitzmaurice
November 25, 2019 (2019-11-25) (Asia)
July 15, 2020 (2020-07-15) (United States)
DreamWorks Channel (Asia)
Peacock (United States)[14]
32 Fast & Furious Spy Racers Tim Hedrick
Bret Haaland[15]
December 26, 2019 (2019-12-26) Netflix Universal Pictures
33 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Radford Sechrist
Bill Wolkoff
January 14, 2020 (2020-01-14) October 12, 2020 (2020-10-12) Studio Mir
34 Rhyme Time Town Dan Berlinka June 19, 2020 (2020-06-19) present N/A
35 Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Guillermo del Toro August 7, 2020 (2020-08-07) Double Dare You Productions
36 Madagascar: A Little Wild Dana Starfield September 7, 2020 (2020-09-07) present Peacock
Hulu
N/A
37 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Zack Stentz September 18, 2020 (2020-09-18) Netflix Universal Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
38 The Mighty Ones Sunil Hall
Lynne Naylor
November 9, 2020 (2020-11-09) Peacock
Hulu
N/A
39 Doug Unplugs Jim Nolan
Aliki Theofilopoulos
Dan Yaccarino
November 13, 2020 (2020-11-13) Apple TV+
40 Trolls: TrollsTopia Matthew Beans November 19, 2020 (2020-11-19) Peacock
Hulu
41 Gabby's Dollhouse Traci Paige Johnson
Jennifer Twomey
January 8, 2021 (2021-01-08) Netflix
42 Go, Dog. Go! Adam Peltzman January 26, 2021 WildBrain Studios
43 The Croods: Family Tree Mark Banker
Todd Grimes
September 23, 2021 Peacock
Hulu
N/A

Upcoming

# Title Creator(s)/Developer(s) Premiere date Network Co-production with
44 DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms[16] John Tellegen December 23, 2021 Peacock
Hulu
N/A
45 Bearbrick[17] TBA TBA Dentsu Entertainment
46 Felix the Cat[18] Felix the Cat Productions
47 Untitled Tony Hale series[19] Tony Hale TBA
48 Mama & Dada[20] Johanna Stein
Noelle Lara
Electric Hot Dog
49 The Gumazing Gum Girl![21] TBA CRE84U Entertainment

Notes

  1. ^ Credited as MoonBoy Animation.

References

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  11. ^ "NBCUniversal Unveils New DreamWorks Annimation Senior Management". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
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  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 13, 2019). "Nickelodeon, Netflix Team for Original Animated Features, TV Series". The Hollywood Reporter. The Nickelodeon-produced films and TV series join a Netflix animated slate that also includes…DreamWorks' Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Dec. 26), among others.
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  17. ^ "Dentsu, DreamWorks Plan TV Animation for Medicom's Be@rbrick Figures". Anime News Network. December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
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  19. ^ "Making Archibald's Next Big Thing (mentioned at 22:47)". WorldScreen Festivals. February 2, 2021.
  20. ^ "'Kids Tonight Show' from Jimmy Fallon in the Works at Peacock". May 13, 2021.
  21. ^ "Nancy Cartwright juggles voices of 'Rugrats' Chuckie, Bart Simpson".