Activision Blizzard takes Skylanders franchise to TV

Activision Blizzard has revealed it will be expanding its Skylanders franchise into the TV space.

Skylanders Academy is the first production by Activision Blizzard Studio, the firm’s newly created TV and film studio, and will make its debut on Netflix this autumn.

“Over the last five years, millions of families around the world have welcomed Skylanders characters into their homes. Now, they’ll be able to watch their favourite characters come to life on Netflix,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.

“We couldn’t have found a better home for Skylanders Academy and look forward to sharing our extraordinary characters with Netflix audiences around the world.”

The new series will follow the adventures of the Skylanders team who travel the Skylands universe protecting it from evil.

Stacey Sher, co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, added: “Skylanders Academy gives us the opportunity to approach narrative storytelling with the same level of quality and excellence that millions of Skylanders fans have come to expect from the game.

“We’re inspired by our fans’ excitement for these characters and have worked hard to bring these characters to life with stories our fans will love.”

Since its initial launch by Toys For Bob, the $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys.

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