Technicolor’s global hit animation series enters new distribution markets, engages with audiences beyond the small screen at Aquariums and National Ocean Exploration Forum, and reveals a new line of kids’ merchandise.
Since its release, The Deep has resonated with children and families for its wonderful animation and strong storytelling. Now it is connecting with audiences on even deeper levels to encourage curiosity, awareness, exploration and preservation of the world’s oceans.
Based on the Aurealis Award-winning graphic novel series of the same name, The Deep focuses on the Nekton family—a group of adventurous underwater explorers who seek to reveal the mysteries of the ocean’s depths for the benefit of humanity while highlighting the importance of ocean health for future generations. Many of the stories are based on a premise that is real: a creature, a location, or an event forms the seed of an idea which then becomes the basis of a fun mystery for the Nektons.
In this spirit of exploration, the team behind The Deep is constantly looking for ways to increase engagement with its audiences around the world. Just a few examples of how The Deep is expanding outside the screen include:
During the All Hands On Deck Forum, Technicolor’s Steven Wendland joined fellow panel members, Ella Al-Shamahi, UC London and 2015 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, as well as renowned Science Fiction writer Steven Gould, for a discussion entitled, “Imagining a Bright, Optimistic Future for the Ocean.” The panel discussed the origin of The Deep and ways to continue exploration of ‘the last unexplored frontier’ while recognizing the importance of working together to protect and preserve our oceans. Later that week during Boston Ocean Day, four episodes of The Deep were screened for free, followed by Q&A sessions with the world’s leading ocean experts.
This combination of entertainment content and a mission to increase young people’s knowledge and engagement with the ocean is proving highly successful. A co-production with A Stark Production and DHX Media, The Deep (Seasons 1 and 2) are currently available globally via Netflix in 190 markets, and also broadcast in the UK, Germany and the Nordics via channels CBBC, Super RTL, YLE, NRK, SVT and many other leading broadcasters around the world. Season 3 is scheduled to launch in Spring 2019.
“The talented creative team behind The Deep have done an amazing job on Season 3, delivering a great new set of adventures for broadcasters and streaming platforms to share with audiences,” said Jerry Diaz, VP Distribution, DHX Media.
To date, this global hit has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a 2018 BAFTA nomination for Best International Animation, Best Music for Children’s Television at the 2018 Screen Music Awards in Australia, Best Children’s Television (age 5-14) at the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards in Australia, the 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best New Series (Kid Category), and the Golden Sparrow Award at the 2017 German Children’s Media Festival.
So come explore with us…The Deep has so much more to discover!