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Jetpack Acquires Rights for Star-Studded NEW-GEN


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Jetpack Distribution has picked up the global rights for the brand-new sci-fi animated series NEW-GEN.

NEW-GEN, which is being produced by J.D. and Chris Matonti and Julia Coppola of APNG Enterprises, is based on the superhero comic book series printed, distributed and advertised by Marvel Comics. The series stars Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, The Addams Family), Nick Wolfhard (The InBetween, The Last Kids on Earth) and Anya Chalotra (The Witcher, Wanderlust) in the lead roles.

Targeting kids 7 and older, NEW-GEN is about twin brothers who live as ordinary teenagers and nanotech enhanced superheroes in the titular futuristic utopia where human beings, alien creatures and mechanical life-forms peacefully coexist. Its existence becomes threatened by a nanotech war, and heroes from Earth and NEW-GEN are called to defeat the encroaching evil. NEW-GEN viewers will be able to download an augmented reality app enabling players’ use of nanotech powers to battle various creatures from the show. Fans can also explore a web-based experience that weaves fact and fiction to depict what nanotech is and where it might be in the future.

NEW-GEN is created by APNG’s J.D. Matonti with Brent Friedman serving as showrunner. It is co-written by Eugene Son. The series is being produced with animation partner Bardel Entertainment.

Dominic Gardiner, CEO of Jetpack, said: “The moment we were introduced to NEW-GEN we were blown away! There’s so much going on in this show for kids. It’s a thrilling sci-fi adventure where everyday teenagers become superheroes on a mission to defeat a demonic overlord. The show contains other universal themes such as brotherhood, teamwork and identity. It will offer unique digital elements that will allow viewers to experience the story and characters in ways becoming increasingly more relevant to them. We are looking forward to finding homes for NEW-GEN and bringing it to global audiences.”

Matonti added: “We intend to take you to a visual place never seen before in the futuristic utopia of NEW-GEN. Nanotech governs this rich world and the superheroes who dwell in it. Finn Wolfhard, Nick Wolfhard and Anya Chalotra, young talent breathe life into the relatable lead characters as we move from comics distributed by Marvel to animated series and other multimedia platforms. We are enthusiastic to work with Bardel Entertainment and Jetpack Distribution to bring the NEW-GEN story to a New Generation of audiences around the world.”






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Chelsea Regan is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]

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