Thunderbird catches a new Netflix beat

The Vancouver-based producer and its Atomic Cartoons division have joined the Beatles-themed Netflix series, made possible by a worldwide rights deal for the music with Sony.
February 10, 2016

Vancouver, Canada-based Thunderbird has boarded the new animated Netflix series Beat Bugs as a co-producer.

The series, set to launch this summer, will be handled by Thunderbird and Atomic Cartoons, which it acquired in July 2015.

Beat Bugs – which combines Beatles songs recorded by the likes of Eddie Vedder, Pink, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and Birdy into the narrative of each episode – is a collaboration between Netflix (US) and Australia-based Grace: A Storytelling Company and Beyond Screen Production.

The announcement follows the signing of a worldwide rights deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, allowing covers of a Beatles song catalog (the Lennon/McCartney “Northern Songs” catalog) to be recorded for the production.

Beat Bugs is created by Grace’s Josh Wakely, who will also write, produce and direct. Among the songs included in the catalog of songs are Help!All You Need Is Love, Come Together, Penny Lane, Yellow SubmarineLucy In the Sky with DiamondsSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour.

Further announcements will be made regarding additional performers.

From Playback Daily.

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