Netflix and Rainbow Studios Announce Spin-off of "Winx Club" as a New Original TV Series for Kids
All New Episodes of Magical Adventures Coming to Netflix Around the World in Spring 2016
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 25, 2014 -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Rainbow Studios today announced an expansion to the popular Winx Club franchise with a spin-off series, Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, that will be exclusively available in all Netflix territories including France and Germany. The first of the two all-new seasons will be available by early 2016 with the second following in the autumn. In partnership with this leading European animation studio, Winx Club WOW is the latest addition to the Netflix original kids programming slate.
In Winx Club WOW, the girls embark on an undercover journey all around the world looking for talented kids in art, sports, music and science. These kids have their own kind of magic, and the Winx Club fairies are enchanted by them though it doesn't take long before trouble sets in, and a new and dangerous mystery for Bloom and the others to solve. Winx Club fans will delight in the new approach to story lines that will be more serialized and designed specifically for the on-demand viewing of Netflix members. The two seasons of thirteen 22-minute episodes are packed full of Winx Club's famous mixture of friendship, magic and adventure.
"We are very happy to be building a solid and wide collaboration with Netflix, so extending it to include new and original content is fantastic news," says Mr. Iginio Straffi, President and CEO of Rainbow Group. "Netflix is an innovative and exciting presence in the field of content distribution and our production teams are busy putting together what will be a brand new and truly magical experience for Winx Club fans across the globe."
"Winx Club is already a very successful show on Netflix in all our territories; it's exciting to be expanding our relationship with such a great European animation studio," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Netflix. "Rainbow Studios has created a very popular global franchise and we're thrilled to become the home of the next generation Winx Club for all of its current and future fans."
The two companies' existing partnership has already seen the earlier seasons of Winx Club released on the service in all global regions Netflix is currently available, as well as other hit Rainbow properties PopPixie and Mia and me. Additionally, the most recent Winx Club movie, The Mystery of the Abyss, will be available only on Netflix in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and France shortly after its theatrical release earlier this month.
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 50 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Rainbow Studios
Rainbow is a world leader in the kids' entertainment industry, dedicated to TV and feature film productions, along with managing business activities from concept to production to global distribution. Rainbow's successful distribution of its content in diverse media including TV, theatre, and the Internet, as well as in the consumer products industry, has led to the company being ranked 12th on the yearly Global Licensor List worldwide, and 1st in Europe. Rainbow's property list includes: Winx Club, Tommy & Oscar, Prezzy, Monster Allergy, Huntik Secret and Seekers, PopPixie, Maya Fox, Gladiators of Rome and a number of third party properties including Mia and me and Gon. The company is headquartered in Italy, with subsidiaries in Moscow, Hong Kong and Singapore.