What do kids find as fascinating as ponies and talking cars? Netflix is hoping the answer to that question is mermaids, live action mermaids, in fact. The media subscription giant has acquired the rights to make available on their instant streaming video service in the U.S. the series called Mako Mermaids. The Australian series will premiere simultaneously in its country of origin and on Netflix in July.
G’Day mer-people! The deal gives Netflix exclusive first run rights to run the kids series which comes from Jonathan M. Shiff Productions. Netflix will make Mako Mermaids available from streaming in the USA and Canada, as well as in England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux and Latin America.
The Australian premiere of the live action kids show is also still a go on Network Ten on July 26. We also hear that ZDF Enterprises, the show’s international distributor, will air Mako Mermaids German-speaking territories. Gut! (That’s German for “Good”!)
What are our live action mermaids up to? The three lovelies are charged with “protecting their magical Mako Island from trespassers, but are thwarted by the arrival of 16-year-old Zac,” reports THR. When Zac acquires “amazing powers and merman qualities,” the mermaid pod abandons their island home, leaving behind the three young mermaids. If they are going to survive, the three must gain human legs, “venture onto land, and take back Zac’s powers — or risk being outcasts forever”.
Mako Mermaids is a spin-off from the series H2O: Just Add Water, also from Australia of course.
“This exclusive first-run deal, and Netflix’s commitment to the brand, is unprecedented — not just for children’s, but for any Australian program. It is a game changer,” said executive producer Jonathan M. Shiff. “With the instant delivery of first-run series, as seen with their series House of Cards, Netflix is an exciting and prestigious platform.”
Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley added: “This is an extremely significant deal for an Australian television program and reinforces that our children’s television sector is highly regarded internationally for the high-quality content it produces. There’s clearly an appetite for quality Australian children’s television content both at home and abroad.”
This is yet another effort by Netflix to keep their brand a positive entity in the world of children’s media.