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Sky Signs Long Term DreamWorks Animation TV Series Deal

New partnership with NBCUniversal includes hundreds of hours of animated programming, including a number of first looks and exclusives for the network’s customers in Ireland and the UK.

Sky and NBCUniversal Global Distribution has signed a long-term partnership to bring Sky customers hundreds of hours of DreamWorks Animation series content. The deal, which includes new spin-off series from How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and Madagascar, bolsters Sky’s library of family-friendly programming.

The deal will allow Sky and NOW TV customers in the UK and Ireland to gain exclusive access to the premieres of Madagascar: A Little Wild, TrollsTopia and Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky, as well as popular DreamWorks Animation titles such as All Hail King Julien, Home Adventures with Tip & Oh and Dawn of the Croods.

These new stories featuring iconic DreamWorks characters will be available weekends on Sky One at no extra cost, on demand via the Sky Kids Pack and through the Sky Kids App, and on NOW TV Kids Pass from late October.

Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe Sky, said, “Our new partnership with NBCUniversal brings an impressive range of family favorites from DreamWorks Animation to Sky and NOW TV customers.  Adding DreamWorks’ loveable stories of dreams, journeys and heroes alongside our originals and our partner content means customers can access the content they love, all in one place - easy. Families are spending more time at home than ever before - as kids and adults alike love Dreamworks characters, hopefully this will help them enjoy more moments together.”

Belinda Menendez, President & CRO, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our long-standing relationship with Sky and NOW TV through this new deal that brings a vibrant, compelling slate of animated TV series to bolster the Sky Kids platforms. DreamWorks Animation has an outstanding pedigree in the realm of kids content and we look forward to partnering with Sky to bring these beloved characters and stories to homes across the UK and Ireland for families to enjoy.”

The full list of shows coming to Sky and NOW TV as part of the deal is as follows:

Madagascar: A Little Wild

Lovable foursome Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo steal the show in Madagascar: A Little Wild. Capturing the iconic personalities of each of the four dynamos, Madagascar: A Little Wild showcases the team as kids residing in their rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo. They might be small, but like everybody who lands in New York City, these little guys have big dreams and Madagascar: A Little Wild will follow all of their adventures.

The Mighty Ones

The Mighty Ones follows the hilarious adventures of the smallest of them: a twig, a pebble, a leaf and a strawberry who call themselves “the Mighty Ones.” These best friends live in an unkempt backyard belonging to a trio of equally unkempt humans who they mistake for gods. Despite their diminutive stature, The Mighty Ones are determined to live large and have fun in their wild world.

TrollsTopia

Inspired by the beloved DreamWorks Animation films, TrollsTopia is the next chapter in the hair-raising adventures of the trolls. Now that Poppy knows there are other musical trolls scattered throughout the forest, she bottles up her endless positivity and invites delegates from every troll tribe in the forest to live together in harmony in a grand experiment she calls TrollsTopia!

Cleopatra In Space

Cleopatra in Space is the untold story of Cleopatra's teenage years when she is transported to a future galaxy that is ruled by talking cats and discovers that she is the prophesied saviour. In order to prepare her to be the saviour, she is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys, figure out how to eventually get herself back home to Egypt, and tackle the highs

Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky

In a faraway corner of the vast and exciting Viking world, live ten-year-old Dak and his twin sister Leyla and five young dragons: Winger, Summer, Cutter, Burple and Aggro. Raised among these dragons friends, Dak and Leyla also developed the unique ability to undersand and speak with dragons. Together, the twins and their dragons go on exciting adventures, rescuing, defending and protecting other dragons while also helping out their adopted home of Huttsgalor!

All Hail King Julien (Series 1, 2 and 3)

King Julien is here to party, and no one can stop him from ruling with an iron fist...in the air, wavin' like he just doesn't care! All Hail King Julien brings the wild world of Madagascar to a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane television series in which the king takes on the craziest adventures the jungle has to offer. A new cast of fantastic, colorful characters joins King Julien himself, along with his second-in-command Maurice, and the eternally devoted Mort. It's a riot of color -- not to mention a laugh riot -- when viewers "All Hail King Julien!"

Dawn of the Croods (Series 1 and 2)

The world's first family is back and funnier than ever in this all-new family sitcom! Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are taking the prehistoric Croodacious era by storm as they deal with modern-day problems for the first time ever in history. School, slumber parties and elections are some of the hilarious wonders of the modern life The Croods are discovering!

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh (Series 1 and 2)

What happens after a misfit alien named Oh conquers Earth, befriends an adventurous teen girl named Tip and together they save the day? Oh moves in with Tip and her human family and finally discovers the true meaning of home. The galaxy's dynamic duo are back in DreamWorks Animation's Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh, a series jam-packed with outrageous laughs, tons of heart and contemporary urban pop music performed by teen singing sensation Rachel Crow (Rio 2, X Factor). Life on earth will never be the same!

Source: NBCUniversal

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