Deadline reports that Apple have made a deal with DHX Media for new “Peanuts” series, specials and short films on their upcoming streaming service. DHX and its subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide will produce the new animated works based on the classic comic strip for the service, which is set to launch sometime during the first half of 2019.
Created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950, “Peanuts” has been adapted into multiple film and television productions. The most recent of these was a 2016 Italian-French-American TV series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television, which came in the wake of 2015’s CG animated The Peanuts Movie, produced by 20th Century Fox’s Blue Sky Studios. (The last TV special, Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, premiered on FOX in 2011.) In 2017, DHX bought out Peanuts Worldwide, and bought an investment from Sony in the franchise earlier this year – currently, the “Peanuts” intellectual property is 41 percent owned by DHX, 39 percent owned by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and 20 percent owned by Charles M. Schultz’s family.
One of the cartoons currently in the works at DHX is a collaboration with NASA, starring Astronaut Snoopy. The project began earlier this year after a multi-year Space Act Agreement was struck with the agency as a means to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM in the next generation of children.