Netflix Acquires StoryBots!

BIG NEWS: StoryBots has been acquired by Netflix! We’re so excited to officially join the Netflix family and be part of their commitment to bringing educational content to kids around the world. Get ready for a whole lot more StoryBots shows, specials and other fun coming your way! Read the full announcement below or at Netflix’s site here.

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Netflix today announced that it has acquired the StoryBots property, the Emmy, Annie, and Parents’ Choice Award-winning children’s media brand created by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis. The brothers have entered into an overall deal with Netflix to significantly expand the universe of the beloved StoryBots, building on the characters that kids across the globe now know and love. The acquisition is a sign of Netflix’s commitment to bring educational content to its growing member base of kids and families around the world.

Ask The StoryBots is a Netflix original animated series that has continued to find new families to entertain and educate, with an audience that has grown significantly year over year since it first started streaming in 2016. The series makes innovative use of multiple formats, including 3D, 2D, claymation, stop motion, and even live action. By engaging guest stars such as Snoop Dogg, Edward Norton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Wanda Sykes, Ask The StoryBots takes kids on a fantastic journey that makes learning fun as they seek answers to burning questions like, “Why is the sky blue?” and “How does night happen?”

Ask The StoryBots has a proven track record of synthesizing complex subjects into bite-sized lessons that are funny and entertaining for young kids and satisfying for parents,” said vice president of original animation, Melissa Cobb. “We are thrilled to welcome Gregg and Evan into the Netflix family and look forward to building out the wonderful and whimsical StoryBots world, finding new ways to delight our growing member base of families around the world.”

“Together with Netflix, our goal is to make StoryBots the leading educational entertainment brand for connected kids and families globally,” said StoryBots co-founders Evan and Gregg Spiridellis. “We want kids from Argentina to Zambia growing up laughing and learning with StoryBots that feel native to their culture. We see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring something epically good into the world.”

Season three of Ask The StoryBots launches on Netflix this fall. Together, Netflix and the Spiridellis brothers will produce more StoryBots original programming – like series and short form specials – while also expanding the brand into new areas. They will engage creative teams, subject matter experts, and educational consultants to help ensure that the educational content they are producing for StoryBots is relevant around the world. This first-of-its-kind acquisition signal’s Netflix’s commitment to educational programming for preschoolers, and the company has plans for a number of additional upcoming titles that have yet to be announced.

Two Emmys for Season Two of Ask the StoryBots

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Season two of Ask the StoryBots has won two Emmy Awards!

The hit Netflix children’s show walked home from this weekend’s 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with Emmys gold in two categories: Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in a Preschool Animated Program.

These wins bring StoryBots’ total Emmys count to five, with 17 overall nominations across just two seasons and a holiday special.

The latest awards honor the show’s second season, which features guest appearances from Edward Norton (who was Emmy-nominated for his role), Snoop Dogg, Christina Applegate, Wanda Sykes and more, and helps kids answer questions such as “how do computers work?” and “why can’t I eat dessert all the time?”. Season two of Ask the StoryBots is now streaming worldwide on Netflix in more than 20 different languages.

Team StoryBots thanks the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for this amazing honor and congratulates all of our fellow winners and nominees!

A full list of winners is available here. Watch Ask the StoryBots on Netflix and check out a photo of the team showing off their new Emmys hardware after the event:

Ask The StoryBots Team Celebrating Daytime Emmy Award Wins

 

StoryBots Crosses One Billion Minutes Watched on YouTube

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The StoryBots YouTube channel has surpassed ONE BILLION minutes watched! That’s the equivalent of being viewed for 694,444 days or 1,902 years total!

Thank you to every viewer around the world who has tuned in and welcomed the StoryBots into your homes and classrooms! We also celebrate all of the amazing artists, writers, musicians, performers, technology people and more who have created content worth one billion minutes of human attention.

The StoryBots YouTube channel features hundreds of educational music videos exploring topics such as outer space, dinosaurs, shapes, colors, emotions and the ABCs, along with the long-form StoryBots Super Songs TV series. StoryBots on YouTube was most recently nominated for a Webby Award for the best animation video channel on the web.

Want to make your own video with the StoryBots? Submit a short video of your kid at hiho.video/storybots by May 15, 2019, for the chance to be one of 100 kids to have a live chat with the StoryBots (as puppets). It may even be used for future StoryBots episodes!