ViacomCBS announced during its Investor Day event Wednesday that the Star Trek Universe will head to Paramount+. Included within the line-up is the upcoming all-new animated kids’ series Star Trek: Prodigy, which will now premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. in 2021. Developed and produced by Nickelodeon and CBS Studios, Prodigy is the first Star Trek series for the kids and family audience and will bow later on Nickelodeon, following its premiere run on Paramount+.
A first-look image of the Star Trek: Prodigy bridge crew was also released. In this new adventure, six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
With the addition of Prodigy, the entire Star Trek Universe will now be available to stream on Paramount+, including current and upcoming seasons of the original series Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The Star Trek Universe on Paramount+ also includes all 726 episodes from the six classic series and a selection of feature films.
“In three years, we’ve expanded the Star Trek Universe to new heights, creating five original series – each with its own unique storytelling and distinct cinematic feel,” said Alex Kurtzman, Executive Producer Star Trek Universe. “We’re so excited to partner with Dan and Kevin Hageman and the team at Nickelodeon for Star Trek: Prodigy as we bring Trek to a new generation of younger fans with an animated series as rich in character and scope as our live-action shows. I’m thrilled audiences of all ages now have instant access to the full Trek library, classic and new original series, on our new home at Paramount+.”
“When Star Trek: Discovery first premiered, we knew we had the beginning of something special,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, Paramount+. “Over three years later, we are thrilled that Paramount+ will serve as the streaming home of the Star Trek Universe, with an unparalleled existing and expanding library of Trek content. The upcoming addition of Star Trek: Prodigy to Paramount+ means subscribers now have a Trek series for every member of the family – including kids. We are excited to bring this next chapter to a new generation of Trek fans alongside the creative masterminds behind Secret Hideout and Nickelodeon, as well as the talented Kevin and Dan Hageman.”
“Debuting Prodigy on Paramount+ alongside the complete Star Trek Universe points to our strategy of growing Nickelodeon’s reach by expanding our top franchises and diving deeper into their worlds, and their characters and stories,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “And on top of having great characters and absolutely gorgeous animation, Prodigy shows how the ViacomCBS brands can come together to make great, compelling content that appeals to both new audiences and long-time super fans. We’re incredibly proud of this series and we’re looking forward to building its audience across the Paramount+ and Nickelodeon platforms.”
Developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters, Ninjago) the CG-animated family series Star Trek: Prodigy hails from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions; Nickelodeon Animation Studio, led by Naito; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside co-showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman. Ben Hibon will direct, co-executive produce and serve as the creative lead of the all-new animated series. Aaron Baiers will also serve as co-executive producer.
Other notable announcements from the presentation include live-action reboots for Dora the Explorer and The Fairly OddParents — one of Nickelodeon’s longest-running animated series at 10 seasons (172 episodes) — and a new Beavis & Butt-head movie from creator, exec producer and voice star Mike Judge. The project will be the slacker duo’s first feature-length outing since Beavis and Butt-head Do America in 1996, and joins the Comedy Central reboot announced last year.