By Evan DeSimone
Netflix has announced two new additions to its rapidly expanding roster of original series, “The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman” from DreamWorks Animation and the futuristic Brazilian thriller “3%.”
An updated version of the classic cartoon from producer Jay Ward (“Rocky & Bullwinkle,” “Dudley Do-Right,” “George of the Jungle”), “The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will join Netflix’s growing lineup of kid friendly programming,with 13 episodes debuting in October. The show is part of a multi-year deal struck between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation last year giving Netflix exclusive first-run rights to any shows built around DreamWorks Animation properties. The deal has already yielded kid-friendly animated originals based on“How To Train Your Dragon,” “Puss in
Boots” and “Turbo FAST,” as well as a live action reboot of the Richie Rich franchise from DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV.
On the opposite side of the Netflix originals coin is “3%,” an original sci-fi thriller that takes themes of class and income inequality to their logical extremes. Directed by Oscar nominee Cesar Charlone (“City of God”), show will star João Miguel (“Estômago”) and Bianca Comparato (“Avenida Brasil”). The first Netflix series shot entirely in Brazil, it is scheduled to debut on the streaming service in early 2016.
Netflix has added another piece of original content to its increasingly crowded slate today. The streaming platform will release “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom” a documentary about the 2013–2014 Ukrainian youth movement, a series of peaceful pro-European integration protests that evolved into a fullfledged struggle for independence over the course of just 93 days. Produced by Netflix and Evgeny Afineevsky who makes his directorial debut. Also proudcing are Den Tolmor. John Battsek, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo, Angus Wall, David Dinerstein, Andrew Ruhemann, Dennis L. Kogod, Nadine Khapsalis Kogod and Bohdan Batruch serve as Executive Producers.