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DreamWorks deal will bring 300 hours of original kids' shows to Netflix

Brad Chacos | June 18, 2013
A massive deal will bring DreamWorks movies and 300 hours of original content to Netflix, based on new franchises, DreamWorks classics, and oldies like Voltron and Archie.

Doubling down on original content

The DreamWorks deal is notable for more than its tyke-friendliness, though.

When the Netflix deal does begin to resuscitate dormant DreamWorks franchises, it won't be the first time the streaming-video service has helped to breathe new life into older fan favorites. In May, Netflix released a new, fourth season of Arrested Development, comprising 15 mostly awesome episodes (that almost feel like one giant episode thanks to the season's "Built-for-binge-viewing" design.)

It's all part of a larger push towards original content for Netflix, which kicked into overdrive with the release of House of Cards, a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher. That was followed by Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove, an upcoming series by the creator of Weeds, and 2014's Sense8, a sci-fi series that pairs Babylon 5's J. Michael Straczynksi with the Wachowski brothers of The Matrix fame.

Yep, Netflix isn't shying away from spending beaucoup bucks in its quest to become the next HBO, and the money train isn't even close to braking: The company wants to double its spending on original content in 2014. That's a whole lotta Voltron.


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