Bloomsbury has announced a new partnership with Technicolor to bring their hit animated series, The Deep to the book world.
n a deal brokered by licensing agent CPLG, a DHX Media company, Bloomsbury will produce a range of books for The Deep, including young fiction, official handbooks and activity-based books. The publishing programme will contain new and exciting storylines not seen on the animated series and the first titles will publish in August 2018.
“Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing is a global market leader, and we are excited that their passion for The Deep will provide children worldwide with a diverse range of books, featuring the vivid world and characters they have grown to love,” commented Pam Kunick-Cohen, head of brand management, licensing and merchandising at Technicolor.
Zöe Griffiths, senior commissioning editor for Bloomsbury, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Technicolor to further expand the exciting world of The Deep. We were immediately drawn to the high-quality storytelling and the strong characterization within the series and are looking forward to offering new fans, as well as old, a part of The Deep they have never seen before.”
The Deep airs in over 130 markets around the world and follows the Nektons, as they explore uncharted areas of the earth’s oceans to unravel the mysteries of the deep. Season two is currently airing around with world with consistently high ratings and reached the number 1 show for Kids 6 – 11 on CBBC in the U.K. this past Autumn.
"It’s been an absolute joy to watch the Nekton family’s underwater adventures embraced across the world in the TV series and comics," said Tom Taylor, co-creator and head writer of The Deep. "It’s incredibly exciting to have a powerhouse like Bloomsbury Publishing join us in The Deep to create even more adventures. If Jeffrey the fish could speak, he’d probably just be yelling with happiness."
Most recently, DHX Media, A Stark Production, and Technicolor, announced the greenlight for production on a third season of the series from ABC Australia comprising 13 new half-hour episodes. Season three of The Deep will also be available to Netflix members worldwide, and on DHX Media’s Family CHRGD in Canada.