Eisner Pitches New Nick Series to Buyers

Never let it be said that former Disney execs can’t work with their onetime rivals.

Mouse House rival Nickelodeon brought out former Disney chief Michael Eisner to present the stop-motion animated comedy series Glenn Martin, DDS to media buyers at the annual upfront presentation in New York, reports Mediaweek.

The series, about a family that goes on a road trip to see America, will debut this summer on Nick at Nite and is the first series from Eisner’s post-Disney production venture, Tornante. Nick has ordered 20 episodes of the series.

The channel’s other major project with a Disney pedigree was Penguins of Madagascar, a series spinning off the popular animated feature films from DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg, who headed up Disney Studios’ animation efforts under Eisner.

Penguins, which debuted its pilot in November on Nicktoons, will begin airing the first of 26 episodes on Nick starting March 28. (See our March issue online for an in-depth look at the series.)