All-new CG kids’ series about a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship will also run on Nickelodeon; entire ‘Star Trek’ universe will be made available on the newly rebranded platform.
Star Trek: Prodigy, the newest, and first CG-animated entry in the Star Trek series universe, is headed to Paramount+, along with every episode of six live-action Star Trek series and some selected features as well. The news was revealed during yesterday’s ViacomCBS Investor Day event showcasing the newly rebranded streaming service launching March 4.
Developed and produced by Nickelodeon and CBS Studios, Prodigy is the first Star Trek series for the kids and family audience and will bow exclusively later this year on Nickelodeon, following its premiere run on Paramount+. Award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) will direct, co-executive produce and serve as the creative lead on the new series; Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer.
Developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago) and overseen for Nickelodeon by Ramsey Naito, Star Trek: Prodigy follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. They know nothing about the ship they have commandeered, but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
With the addition of Prodigy, the entire Star Trek Universe will now be available to stream on Paramount+: current and upcoming seasons of the original series Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The trove will also include all 726 episodes from the six classic Star Trek series and a selection of Star Trek films.
Check out a clip that showcases the growing Star Trek universe.
“In three years, we’ve expanded the Star Trek Universe to new heights, creating five original series – each with its own unique storytelling and distinct cinematic feel,” said Alex Kurtzman, Executive Producer Star Trek Universe. “We’re so excited to partner with Dan and Kevin Hageman and the team at Nickelodeon for Star Trek: Prodigy as we bring Trek to a new generation of younger fans with an animated series as rich in character and scope as our live action shows. I’m thrilled audiences of all ages now have instant access to the full Trek library, classic and new original series, on our new home at Paramount+.”
“We are excited to bring this next chapter to a new generation of Trek fans alongside the creative masterminds behind Secret Hideout and Nickelodeon, as well as the talented Kevin and Dan Hageman,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, Paramount+.
“Debuting Prodigy on Paramount+ alongside the complete Star Trek universe points to our strategy of growing Nickelodeon’s reach by expanding our top franchises and diving deeper into their worlds, and their characters and stories,” said Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “And on top of having great characters and absolutely gorgeous animation, Prodigy shows how the ViacomCBS brands can come together to make great, compelling content that appeals to both new audiences and long-time super fans. We’re incredibly proud of this series and we’re looking forward to building its audience across the Paramount+ and Nickelodeon platforms.”
Star Trek: Prodigy is from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation Studio, led by Naito; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside co-showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.