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Kids next in line for original programming from Netflix

Now that Kevin Spacey’s ‘House of Cards’ has started showing exclusively on Netflix to some acclaim, the world’s biggest subscription online video service has signed a deal with DreamWorks Animation to create the first Netflix Original Series for kids.

Based on the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie ‘Turbo’ (due in cinemas this summer), the Netflix series ‘Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team)’ debuts exclusively this December in the US and across the globe in the 40 countries where Netflix offers its service.

The new Netflix show is described as a continuation of the action in the film ‘Turbo’, in which a snail “dares to dream big – and fast”, has a freak accident which gives him the power of super-speed, and embarks on a journey to compete in the Indianapolis 500 car race.

Turbo: F.A.S.T. will see the eponymous snail travel the world with his racing crew as they “master outrageous new stunts and challenge any villain unlucky enough to cross their path”, according to the description released by Netflix and DreamWorks.

The deal inked by the two companies will also see new DreamWorks Animation feature titles be made available for Netflix members in the US, starting with the studio’s 2013 film line-up.

Netflix appears to have finally returned to its winning ways after the 2011 debacle of splitting its streaming and DVD rental businesses, announcing last month that it returned to profitability in 2012 and had reached 27mn US customers for its streaming service.

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