Hud Woodle, Executive Vice President, International Sales, and Operations of GRB Studios announced several deals from their partnership with The Nacelle Company (Nacelle). GRB will distribute The Nacelle Company’s recently announced, first scripted animated series, Robo Force, based on the 1980’s toy line with same name; and has already secured multiples sales for their unscripted doc series Icons Unearthed.
Nacelle is the studio behind The Toys That Made Us, Behind the Attraction, Down to Earth With Zac Efron, 2019’s Mad About You reboot, Icons Unearthed and The Movies That Made Us, and is self-financing Robo Force (see attached photo), its first animated television series based on the 1980s property that they acquired in 2021. Gavin Hignight (Star Wars: Resistance, Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy) and Tom Stern (Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History, Sponge Bob Square Pants) and have joined to write and produce as showrunners. The pilot episode will be directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, and the first season is set to have six, twenty-two-minute episodes.
This is the first time Nacelle has taken its existing model for stand-up comedy specials and documentaries and replicated it for scripted television. Similar to the way Nacelle has financed and distributed many of its docs, once the six Robo Force episodes are finished, the company will pitch the series to the major streamers and broadcast networks worldwide, with the intent of securing regional-based license deals.
GRB is also distributing other Nacelle-produced, unscripted programming, including Down to Earth with Zac Efron, Craig Ferguson’s Hobo Fabulous, The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek and several of the Icons Unearthed docu-series. Icons Unearthed series cover a multitude of legendary television shows and movies that have become global entertainment brands, providing previously unknown and surprising details of the brands, and including exclusive interviews with writers, producers, directors, actors, and network executives.
Foxtel Australia/New Zealand, Seven.One Germany (7Maxx) and RTL Netherlands all licensed Icons Unearthed Star Wars, and Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons, and Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious. And AMC Channels Iberia also picked up Icons Unearthed: Star Wars for La Historia Meanwhile, YES Israel took Icons Unearthed: Star War and Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons. More sales are to be announced in the weeks leading up to MIPTV in April.
Woodle stated: “GRB is thrilled to be starting 2023 off with fantastic new programming and strong sales, from our long-term partner, The Nacelle Company. Around the world from APAC and Canada to Europe back to the US, GRB continues to offer its global partners a unique blend of programming, something for every viewer.”