At Comic-Con@Home, ViacomCBS finally revealed the name of their CG-animated Star Trek series headed to Nickelodeon, and today they announced some new high-powered talent joining the Star Trek: Prodigy team.
Ben Hibon joins Prodigy
Today Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios announced that award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) will direct, co-executive produce and serve as the creative lead of Nickelodeon’s new animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. The CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation. Star Trek: Prodigy will debut exclusively on Nickelodeon in 2021, targetting “a new generation of fans.”
“Ben’s contributions to the world of animation are immeasurable, and we are so lucky to have his vision and creative genius on Star Trek: Prodigy. As an incredible storyteller and a world builder with a distinct vision, his original approach paired with this beloved property will bring the characters to life in a whole new way,” said Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon Group.
Said Hibon, “Getting the chance to work on an IP like Star Trek has been an incredible opportunity, particularly when partnered with the talented teams at Nickelodeon, CBS and Secret Hideout, who have been pushing the boundaries of what animation and serialized storytelling for younger audiences can deliver.”
Producers: Star Trek never looked so good
Hibon joins executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters) who were brought in to put Star Trek: Prodigy together by executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who oversees the Star Trek Universe on TV for ViacomCBS.
The Hageman brothers turned to Twitter today to express their appreciation for Hibon’s work on Prodigy.
Star Trek never looked so good. We’re so lucky to have such a tremendous talent. @benhibon
— Dan & Kevin Hageman (@brothershageman) August 10, 2020
And it turns out, Hibon has been working on Prodigy for a while. He even tweeted about it during Comic-Con@Home.
Our Nick/CBS show STAR TREK PRODIGY finally announced @Comic_Con Can’t wait to reveal what our team has been cooking up… @StarTrek #Comicon2020 #StarTrek @NickAnimation #animation #animatedshow pic.twitter.com/LJ2jstLAso
— Ben Hibon (@benhibon) July 26, 2020
2nd animated series in new STU
Following last week’s Star Trek: Lower Decks series premiere, Star Trek: Prodigy will be the second animated series in the new Star Trek Universe and the third one in the franchise. You can see an animated logo for Prodigy in this promotional tweet send out by ViacomCBS.
The @StarTrek franchise epitomizes #ViacomCBS' strategy of maximizing the power of our popular IP. #StarTrekLowerDecks is the newest addition to the #StarTrek universe, available now on @CBSAllAccess. Watch how. pic.twitter.com/eYZyWnLpAb
— ViacomCBS (@ViacomCBS) August 8, 2020
Hibon’s award-winning work
The 2006 short film Codehunters commissioned by MTV Asia and shown at the MTV Music Awards has been viewed over 400 million times. It won a gold award for Best Animation at the Promax/BDA Asia awards in 2006, the Imagina Award 07 for best short film, a D&AD Nomination for Animation, and most recently the highly coveted Golden Nica award at the Prix Ars Electronica 2007.
Hibon animated the “Tale of Three Brothers” sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, which was nominated as part of Warner Bros.’ VFX submission to the Academy Awards. Hibon, along with David Yates, also won the British Animation Award for this sequence.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Prodigy news and updates at TrekMovie.com.