By Sahil Patel
It’s good to be owned by DreamWorks Animation.
Netflix has ordered a new live-action series from AwesomenessTV based on the popular children’s character “Richie Rich.” The half-hour comedy, titled “Richie Rich,” will debut exclusively on Netflix in the US, Canada, and Latin America in early 2015.
“Richie Rich” will be another adaptation following the richest kid in the world. In this series, Richie moves into a new mansion and starts “living the most awesome life ever” after making a trillion dollars off of his green-tech invention. Across 21 episodes, the series will follow his adventures, from exploring Antarctica, to making a movie with his friends, and meeting famous celebrities.
The series stars Jake Brennan (“Dark Skies”), Joshua Carlon, Jenny Ortega, Lauren Kaylor, Kiff VandenHeuvel (“Star Trek into Darkness”), and Brooke Wexler.
Executive producers include Brian Robbins, Tim Pollock, and Jeff Hodsden. Robbins is the co-founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV, and has produced TV series and films like “Smallville,” “All That,” and “Varsity Blues.” Pollock and Hodsden, who will serve as showrunners on “Richie Rich,” are veteran children’s programming producers. Their credits include “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” for Disney. AwesomenessTV’s Shauna Phelan and Joe Davola are also serving as executive producers on “Richie Rich.”
“Richie Rich” is not the first show from a YouTube multi-channel network to go to Netflix. Previous YouTube-to-Netflix series have included “Video Game High School” and “Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn.”
That said, “Richie Rich” is the first project from a YouTube MCN that will debut first on the streaming service as a “Netflix original.” The deal likely comes as part of an ongoing partnership between AwesomenessTV parent DreamWorks Animation and Netflix to produce hundreds of hours of original programming.