DHX Media, Technicolor and A Stark Production announce a raft of international broadcast deals for season 2 of CG-animated underwater adventure series, The Deep. The fresh catch of 13 half-hour episodes will debut on ABC ME Australia, airing daily from August 22, following a weekly rollout on CBBC’s Faves at Five block in the UK which began in July.
The second season has been picked up by broadcasters around the world including Universal Kids (US), Nickelodeon (Greece), NRK Super (Norway), YLE (Finland), POP (Italy), Biggs (Portugal), RTBF’s OUFtivi (Belgium), MBC3 (Middle East), Minimax (CEE), KidZone TV (Baltics), Multimania (Russia), Hop! (Israel), SVT (Sweden), TSR (Switzerland), SRC (French Canada), and Zap (Angola and Mozambique). Previously announced deals were inked with ABC ME, CBBC, Netflix (US), Super RTL (Germany) and Family CHRGD (Canada).
Based on the Aurealis Award-winning graphic novel series created by Tom Taylor and illustrated by James Brouwer, The Deep follows the Nekton family, a team of underwater explorers kitted out with the latest technology who explore the ocean’s most mysterious depths. In season 2, the Nekton family’s search for the lost city of Lemuria becomes urgent, as its legendary power is the only thing that can stop the colossal, dangerous creatures known as Monumentals from waking up — and a young new rival wants that power for himself.
Since its debut, The Deep has scored top ratings around the world and garnered accolades including the 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best New Series (Kids) and the Golden Sparrow Award from the German Children’s Media Festival recently, as well as a nomination for Australia’s AWGIE Award for Children’s Television.
“A commitment to a second season of The Deep from so many international broadcasters is testament to the show’s massive popularity with kids and families, worldwide,” said Josh Scherba, EVP Distribution and Content at DHX Media. “The Deep is fun, fresh and full of excitement, and we’re extremely pleased with the results of this collaboration with Technicolor and A Stark Production.”
Taylor serves as co-creator and lead writer of the TV series, with Brouwer as co-creator and art director. The Deep is a co-production of A Stark in Australia (scripts, design and music) and DHX Media in Canada (animation, voices and post), which also handles distribution. Technicolor is the underlying rights holder and oversees licensing extensions, with DHX’s CPLG serving as multi-territory licensing agent in North America, EMEA (exc. Germany) and Latin America.