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Frederator and BuzzFeed Team Up on ‘Chikn Nuggit’

The new animated series based on the online gender-inclusive comedy series about a weird, long-eared dog named Chikn Nuggit and his fast-food-named friends is the second property under development as part of Genius Brand’s first-look deal with Frederator.

Genius Brands International (soon to be Kartoon Studios!), via its subsidiary Frederator Network, is teaming up with BuzzFeed to develop its latest animated series Chikn Nuggit, as part of the companies’ exclusive first-look content deal announced earlier this year.

Frederator Network and BuzzFeed’s Animation Lab will develop the series based on the digital series Chikn Nuggit and the original shorts created by Kyra Kupetsky. The gender-inclusive, online animated comedy series, which follows a weird, long-eared dog named Chikn Nuggit and his fast-food-named friends, premiered in October 2020 on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram and has, according to Genius, since amassed over 300 short-form videos and over 8 million followers.

Frederator director of development Isabel Schultz heads global content sales. In addition, Genius Brands’ consumer products division will develop the Chikn Nuggit retail program and a full IP slate in close partnership with BuzzFeed Animation Lab.

WOW! Unlimited Media (parent company of Frederator Network) CEO Michael Hirsch said, “We are pleased further to expand our roster of original animated series with BuzzFeed, giving the global fans of wildly popular IP, such as Chikn Nuggit, more of what they love.” 

BuzzFeed Animation Lab head Zee Myers added, “Millions of fans have let us know that they need the Chikn Nuggit animated series! We can’t wait to continue expanding our content universe for our global community in partnership with Frederator, a pioneer in animation and television.”

Source: Genius Brands International

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.