Sunday, October 02, 2016

Aussie Animation

The trades tell us:

Netflix is amping up its animated slate with a new comedy, “Pacific Heat,” hailing from award-winning Australian company Working Dog Productions, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series, which landed a 13-episode order for its initial season, will debut on Netflix Dec. 2 in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. In Australia, the television partner is Foxtel and the series will premiere in late 2016.

“Pacific Heat” follows the exploits of a dynamic unit of undercover police investigators working on the glitzy Gold Coast of Australia. ...

The important (though unspoken) wrinkle here? Netflix is really focused on having lots of animation on its service. Kids' animation. Adult animation. Teenage animation. Though Netflix doesn't publish ratings and holds its future plans close to the corporate vest, it seems obvious that animation is attracting eyeballs in a major way, hence NF's enthusiasm for having multiple cartoon series.


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