Netflix to Become DreamWorks' TV Network
Deal will bring host of Dreamworks shows to streaming service
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2013 10:42 AM CDT
Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers, left, and Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, are shown in a publicity image for the DreamWorks film "Shrek the Third."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, file)

(Newser) – Netflix made another big splash in its original content push today, announcing a deal with DreamWorks that will see the animation studio create 300 hours worth of original TV shows for the streaming service. The shows will be "inspired" by DreamWorks' existing properties, so get ready for shows based on Shrek, The Croods, and other upcoming movies, the New York Times reports.

Some of the shows will also be based on DreamWorks' recently acquired Classics Media properties, which include Casper the Friendly Ghost, Lassie, She-Ra, and Mr. Magoo. The first show, Turbo: F.A.S.T., based on a movie debuting in July, will hit Netflix in December. The move makes strategic sense for both companies; DreamWorks has long been plotting a move into TV, and Netflix not only gets more original content, it gets to compensate for its recent loss of Nickelodeon programming.

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Jun 18, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
"inspired" is an overstatement
Jun 18, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
Oh boy. $8 per month to $20 ! Bye bye Netflix !
Jun 18, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
Speaking last week at USC, Lucas and Spielberg both predicted the death of movies as we know them. Nobody wants to sit in a theater behind some idiot with their cell phone going. Result: $50-150 movie tickets...movies will run like Broadway shows, for months; and the masses will sit home with their cell phones in their living rooms. The script I'm about to take into LA is geared for Russian and Chinese financing as an "anti-American" story. You're welcome.