... Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation will partner to bring the hit feature film [Hotel Transylvania] to the small screen. Focusing on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter Mavis and her friends in brand new adventures, the animated monster comedy television series will be developed and produced by Nelvana Studio in Toronto and is slated to launch on air in early 2017.
“We’re excited to be entering into a new relationship with Sony Pictures Animation to extend the world of Hotel Transylvania into a new TV series,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. “The hilarious characters and clever premise of Hotel Transylvania set the stage for endless story possibilities.”
Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation commented: “Audiences have embraced the world and characters of Hotel Transylvania, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Nelvana to take them on new adventures, expanding on the teenage years of Mavis and her friends at the world-famous monster five star resort!” ...
We're unclear if any pre-production work will be done stateside, but we suspect not.
Our fine conglomerates understand that animation is a huge money-maker, and now that Sony Pictures Animation has itself a franchise or two in the cartoon department, it's charging in to make the most of a good situation. From the press release:
... Distribution for the Hotel Transylvania TV series will be handled by Sony Pictures Television in the U.S., while Nelvana Enterprises will distribute the series outside of the U.S.
Sony Pictures Animation reserves global licenses for toys, games and publishing. For all other categories, Sony Pictures Animation reserves U.S. rights and Corus will hold international rights. ...
"Make hay while the sun shines." The watch-phrase of today's mega corporations.