DreamWorks Animation Television
FormerlyDreamWorks Television Animation
(1996–2012)
TypeDivision
IndustryAnimation
Television production
PredecessorDreamWorks Television
Founded1996; 26 years ago (1996)
Founders
Headquarters1000 Flower Street, ,
U.S.
Areas served
Worldwide
ProductsAnimated television series
ParentDreamWorks Animation
(NBCUniversal)
Websitehttps://www.dreamworks.com/shows

DreamWorks Animation Television (abbreviated as DWATV or simply DAT) is an American animation studio that serves as the television production arm of DreamWorks Animation, itself a subsidiary of Universal Pictures and a division of Comcast's NBCUniversal. Founded in 1996, the entity was formerly named DreamWorks Television Animation. Its first programs from the 1990s and early 2000s used the live-action television logo, and were produced by DreamWorks Television, before DWATV and its parent company were spun off into an independent company in 2004 and later purchased by NBCUniversal in 2016. In total, the division has released 49 programs, with 11 in development.

History

The company was first formed in 1996 as the animation division of DreamWorks Television, a subsidiary of the main DreamWorks studio. The TV division was spearheaded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg and was headed by former Walt Disney Television Animation executives Gary Krisel and David Simon.[1] DWTA only produced two series: Invasion America and Toonsylvania. In a move to consolidate, DreamWorks Television Animation was shut down in 1999 as well as the direct-to-video subsidiary merged with the studio's feature animation division, as a way for the company to reorganize its animation divisions to operate under one umbrella.[2] More than two-thirds of the TV division's 50 employees were transferred to the direct-to-video unit and it was expected that only a minimal number of employees were be affected by the reorganization.[2]

In 2013, DreamWorks Animation entered a multi-year content deal with Netflix to provide 300 hours of exclusive original content.[3] The intent of the deal was to establish a reliable income for the studio to defray the financial risk of solely relying on the theatrical film market.[4] The next day, DWA completed a five-year licensing agreement with Super RTL for the Classic Media library and the Netflix slate.[5] DWA announced executive hiring for its new television group, DreamWorks Animation Television in late July. Former Nickelodeon senior executive Margie Cohn became Head of Television for the group.[6] In September that same year, DreamWorks announced that it has acquired the TV library of London-based Chapman Entertainment with the programs to distributed through DWA's UK-based TV distribution operation.[7]

In late 2014, DreamWorks Animation launched its own channel called the DreamWorks Channel. DreamWorks made a deal with HBO Asia to handle affiliate sales, marketing and technical services, the network will launch in several Asian countries (excluding China and Japan) in the second half of 2015.[8] The channel first premiered in English on August 1, 2015, and a Thai-dubbed channel launched in September 2015.[9] In 2016, DreamWorks Animation Television and its parent company were purchased by Comcast through its NBCUniversal division.[10][11][12]

Television series

# Title Creator(s)/Developer(s) Premiere date End date Network Co-production with
1 Toonsylvania Bill Kopp
Chris Otsuki
February 7, 1998 January 18, 1999 Fox Kids N/A
2 Invasion America Steven Spielberg
Harve Bennett
June 8, 1998 July 7, 1998 The WB
3 Father of the Pride Jeffrey Katzenberg August 31, 2004 May 27, 2005 NBC
4 The Penguins of Madagascar Mark McCorkle
Bob Schooley
November 29, 2008 December 19, 2015 Nickelodeon (2008–2012)
Nicktoons (2013–2015)
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
5 Neighbors from Hell[a] Pam Brady June 7, 2010 July 26, 2010 TBS Wounded Poodle
Bardel Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
6 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Peter Hastings September 19, 2011 June 29, 2016 Nickelodeon (2011–2014)
Nicktoons (2016)
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
7 DreamWorks Dragons Linda Teverbaugh
Mike Teverbaugh
August 7, 2012 February 16, 2018 Cartoon Network (2012–2014)
Netflix (2015–2018)
N/A
8 Monsters vs. Aliens Mark McCorkle
Bob Schooley
March 23, 2013 February 8, 2014 Nickelodeon Nickelodeon Animation Studio
9 Turbo Fast Jack Thomas December 24, 2013 February 5, 2016 Netflix Titmouse, Inc.
10 VeggieTales in the House Doug TenNapel November 26, 2014 September 23, 2016 Bardel Entertainment
Big Idea Productions
11 All Hail King Julien December 19, 2014 December 1, 2017 Bardel Entertainment
12 The Adventures of Puss in Boots January 16, 2015 January 26, 2018
13 Dinotrux Ron Burch
David Kidd
August 14, 2015 August 3, 2018
14 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show October 9, 2015 April 21, 2017 Jay Ward Productions
DHX Media Vancouver
Top Draw Animation
15 Dawn of the Croods Brendan Hay December 24, 2015 July 7, 2017 Bardel Entertainment
Digital eMation
NE4U
Dong Woo Animation
16 Noddy, Toyland Detective Heath Kenny
Myles McLeod
April 2, 2016 March 22, 2020 France 5 (France)
Channel 5 (United Kingdom)
Universal Kids (United States)
Gaumont Animation
17 Voltron: Legendary Defender Joaquim Dos Santos
Lauren Montgomery
June 10, 2016 December 14, 2018 Netflix Studio Mir
World Events Productions
18 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Ryan Crego
Thurop Van Orman
July 29, 2016 July 20, 2018 Titmouse, Inc.
19 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Guillermo del Toro December 23, 2016 May 25, 2018 Double Dare You Productions
20 VeggieTales in the City Doug TenNapel February 24, 2017 September 15, 2017 Bardel Entertainment
Big Idea Productions
21 Spirit Riding Free Aury Wallington May 5, 2017 December 8, 2020 Technicolor Animation Productions
Toiion
22 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Matthew Beans January 19, 2018 November 22, 2019 N/A
23 The Boss Baby: Back in Business Brandon Sawyer April 6, 2018 November 17, 2020 Technicolor Animation Productions
24 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Marco Schnabel
David P. Smith
May 11, 2018 January 11, 2019 Amazon Prime Video Jay Ward Productions
DHX Media Vancouver
25 Harvey Girls Forever! Emily Brundige June 29, 2018 January 10, 2020 Netflix The Harvey Entertainment Company
DreamWorks Classics
26 The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Peter Hastings
Mark Banker
July 13, 2018 July 10, 2020 Titmouse, Inc.
27 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power ND Stevenson November 13, 2018 May 15, 2020 Mattel Creations
28 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Elliott Owen November 16, 2018 July 4, 2019 Amazon Prime Video Bardel Entertainment
29 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Guillermo del Toro December 21, 2018 July 12, 2019 Netflix Double Dare You Productions
30 Where's Waldo? Koyalee Chanda
Lucas Mills
July 20, 2019 present Universal Kids (2019)
Peacock (2020–present)
Snipple Animation Studios
31 Archibald's Next Big Thing Tony Hale
Drew Champion
Jacob Moffat
September 6, 2019 Netflix (2019–2020)
Peacock (2021–present)[13][14]
N/A
32 DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders Jack Thomas
Johnny Belt
Robert Scull
September 27, 2019 Bardel Entertainment
33 Cleopatra in Space Mike Maihack
Doug Langdale
Fitzy Fitzmaurice
November 25, 2019 (Asia)
July 15, 2020 (United States)
June 25, 2021 DreamWorks Channel (Asia)
Peacock (United States)[15]
Titmouse, Inc.
34 Fast & Furious Spy Racers Tim Hedrick
Bret Haaland[16]
December 26, 2019 December 17, 2021 Netflix Universal Pictures
Original Film (Uncredited)
One Race Films (Uncredited)
Technicolor Animation Productions
35 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Radford Sechrist
Bill Wolkoff
January 14, 2020 October 12, 2020 Studio Mir
36 Rhyme Time Town Dan Berlinka June 19, 2020 June 15, 2021 Doberman Pictures
37 Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Guillermo del Toro August 7, 2020 Double Dare You Productions
38 Madagascar: A Little Wild Dana Starfield September 7, 2020 present Peacock
Hulu
Mainframe Studios
39 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Zack Stentz September 18, 2020 Netflix Universal Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
CGCG
40 The Mighty Ones Sunil Hall
Lynne Naylor
November 9, 2020 Peacock
Hulu
Snipple Animation Studios
41 Doug Unplugs Jim Nolan
Aliki Theofilopoulos
Dan Yaccarino
November 13, 2020 Apple TV+ N/A
42 Trolls: TrollsTopia Matthew Beans November 19, 2020 Peacock
Hulu
Atomic Cartoons
43 Gabby's Dollhouse Traci Paige Johnson
Jennifer Twomey
January 5, 2021 Netflix Doberman Pictures
44 Go, Dog. Go! Adam Peltzman January 26, 2021 WildBrain Studios
45 The Croods: Family Tree Mark Banker
Todd Grimes
September 23, 2021 Peacock
Hulu
Technicolor Animation Productions
46 DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms[17] Henry Gilroy December 23, 2021 Technicolor Animation Productions
CGCG
47 Team Zenko Go Jack Thomas March 15, 2022 Netflix Mainframe Studios
48 Pinecone & Pony Stephanie Kaliner April 8, 2022 Apple TV+ First Generation Films
Atomic Cartoons
49 The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib[18] Brandon Sawyer May 19, 2022 Netflix Technicolor Animation Productions
Toiion

Television specials

# Title Director(s) Release date Network Animation producer(s)
1 Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale Roy Burdine
Johnny Castuciano
June 20, 2017 Netflix Bardel Entertainment
2 Home for the Holidays Blake Lemons December 1, 2017 Titmouse, Inc.
3 The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants: Hack-a-Ween Seung W. Cha
Kevin Peaty
October 8, 2019
4 Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas Allan Jacobsen
Kevin Wotton
December 6, 2019 Toiion
5 Captain Underpants: Epic Choice O' Rama Todd Grimes February 11, 2020 Titmouse, Inc.
6 Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon T.J. Sullivan
Greg Rankin
March 27, 2020 Bardel Entertainment
7 Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing July 24, 2020
8 The Boss Baby: Get That Baby Dan Forgione
Pete Jacobs
Matt Whitlock
September 1, 2020 N/A
9 Madagascar: A Little Wild: A Fang-Tastic Halloween Erik Kling October 21, 2020 Peacock
Hulu
Mainframe Studios
10 Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday T.J. Sullivan
Greg Rankin
November 24, 2020 Netflix Bardel Entertainment
11 Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmas Erik Kling
Kevin Peaty
December 4, 2020 Titmouse, Inc.
Stoopid Buddy Studios
12 Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure Beth Sleven
Allan Jacobsen
Kevin Wotton
December 6, 2020 Toiion
13 Madagascar: A Little Wild: Holiday Goose Chase Chad Van De Keere November 26, 2021 Peacock
Hulu
Mainframe Studios

Films

# Title Director(s) Release date Network Co-production with
1 Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans Johane Matte
Francisco Ruiz Velasco
Andrew Schmidt
July 21, 2021 Netflix Double Dare You Productions
88 Pictures
CGCG Inc.
Original Force

Upcoming

# Title Creator(s)/Developer(s) Premiere date Network Co-production with
50 Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight[19] TBA July 14, 2022[20][21] Netflix N/A
51 Not Quite Narwhal[22] 2023[23]
52 Dew Drop Diaries[22] Rick Suvalle
53 Megamind's Guide to Defending Your City Alan Schoolcraft
Brent Simons
Eric Fogel
TBA Peacock
54 Abominable and the Invisible City[24] Jim Schumann
55 Untitled Live-action Casper Series[25] Wu Kai-yu Universal Content Productions
The Harvey Entertainment Company
DreamWorks Classics
56 Bearbrick[26] TBA TBA Dentsu Entertainment
57 Felix the Cat[27] Felix the Cat Productions
58 The Gumazing Gum Girl![28] CRE84U Entertainment
59 Untitled Tony Hale series[29] Tony Hale TBA N/A
60 Mama & Dada[30] Johanna Stein
Noelle Lara
Electric Hot Dog

Notes

  1. ^ Credited as MoonBoy Animation.

See also

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