February 25, 2015
NETFLIX ACQUIRES THUNDERBIRD & YTV’s SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
Nicola Pender / Thunderbird
Wednesday February 25th
VANCOUVER/TORONTO – Thunderbird is pleased to announce an agreement with Netflix, which will see all episodes of its hit comedy Some Assembly Required exclusively available in all Netflix territories outside of Canada, where the show was commissioned as an original production for YTV and is currently #1 on the network.
Series creators Dan Signer and Howard Nemetz are excited that their Canadian-made series will be available to international audiences. “We both love the wealth of great content on Netflix, and are thrilled that our show will be seen by kids and families around the world.”
Thunderbird CEO Tim Gamble could not be happier about this partnership. “We have always felt lucky to work with amazing Canadian talent and broadcasters like YTV, and adding Netflix to the mix is a really exciting step for us. To have our series join the world’s leading Internet TV network on a global level is a great achievement.”
Some Assembly Required is shot in front of a live-studio audience in Burnaby, BC and centers on an eclectic group of teenagers who run a toy company. As the new owner of Knickknack Toys, fourteen-year-old Jarvis Raines hires a group of friends from school to help him create awesome new toys. Following the teens’ comedic day-to-day adventures, this live-action series created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), stars Young Artist Awards nominee, Kolton Stewart, and 2015 Canadian Screen Awards nominee, Charlie Storwick.
Some Assembly Required is slated to start streaming on Netflix this summer.
Thunderbird is a rapidly growing Vancouver-based TV and film production company with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. Thunderbird produces award winning programming for Canadian and International broadcasters. The Thunderbird group of companies includes Vancouver-based Reunion Pictures and Great Pacific Media, UK-based distributor Soda Pictures, and a joint venture with Lionsgate, Sea to Sky Entertainment, which is dedicated to creating content for the US and International market.
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel’s after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Visit YTV at YTV.com