The creators of Star Trek: Prodigy have secured a new deal with the studio making Star Trek’s new animated kids show.
Hagemans get multi-year deal with CBS
On Wednesday CBS Studios announced a new multi-year production agreement with the Emmy Award-winning animation writer/producers (and according to their bio “brothers and sworn blood enemies”) Kevin and Dan Hageman.
Two years ago Alex Kurtzman, the producer in charge of the Star Trek Universe, picked the duo behind Trollhunters and The Croods as executive producers and showrunners for Star Trek: Prodigy, a new animated series originally set to debut on Nickelodeon. ViacomCBS has since decided to have the show debut first on their rebranded Paramount+ streaming service.
The new deal for the Hagemans shows that CBS Studios is happy with the work they have done on Prodigy and want to keep working with the duo. CBS Studios president David Stapf said in a statement:
“Dan and Kevin are brilliant creators and master storytellers. They have a unique gift for tapping into the human spirit through a lens of compelling characters, insight and humor. They’ve done an amazing job creating Star Trek: Prodigy for a younger audience, and we can’t wait for kids and families to discover and enjoy it. We feel so fortunate that they will make their home at CBS Studios.”
In the same statement, the Hagemans are quoted saying:
“We’re overjoyed about our opportunity to work closely with David Stapf and his entire team at CBS Studios. Since Alex Kurtzman made our introduction, we have felt nothing but trust and support while collaborating on Star Trek: Prodigy. Not only are we anticipating big things in animation, but the possibilities in the live-action space have us very excited as well.”
The Hagemans follow Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan who also recently signed a long-term deal with CBS Studios. In both cases, it shows a high level of confidence in the work these creatives have done for the Star Trek franchise and could indicate both animated series will live on beyond their initial two-season orders.
Star Trek: Prodigy is about a group of alien kids who commander a seemingly abandoned Starfleet vessel, and will also feature the return of Kate Mulgrew, reprising her Star Trek: Voyager role as Kathryn Janeway. The first season will debut on Paramount+ later this year.
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