SDCC: CBS and Nickelodeon Teaming up for ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’

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Heather Kadin has revealed that Secret Hideout, CBS and Nickelodeon are developing a CGI animated Star Trek series. ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’, geared towards younger audiences.

The Announcement

This year the Star Trek Universe panel was hosted online. The panel featured Q&As with the casts of Discovery, Picard and Lower Decks. Before things really kicked off panel host Dominic Pattern chatted with Secret Hideout CEOs Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

What’s Star Trek Prodigy about?

Pictured (l-r): Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Kevin Hageman; Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Dan Hageman. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS © 2019 CBS Television Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The principal creatives behind Star Trek: Prodigy are Kevin and Dan Hageman. The pair who won an Emmy for their series Trollhunters. Like that series Star Trek: Prodigy will also use CGI animation. The series will follow a ‘group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation’. Star Trek: Prodigy will entry point for younger audiences into the franchise. The series is set to debut exclusively on Nickelodeon in 2021.

What Does It All Mean?

Between Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy its becoming increasingly clear that Viacom/CBS and Secret Hideout are experimenting with the Star Trek brand. Boldly going where the franchise has never gone before with new markets and audiences. The other animated series Lower Decks is aiming for a much older audience. Star Trek has experimented with kid oriented content before, with the short lived Star Trek animated series from the creators of Master of the Universe. But it has been some time since that and so another attempt is most welcome.

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