California-based live-action talking dog specialist Air Bud Entertainment (ABE) has secured a deal with Disney Channel US for 22 half hours of its first TV series, Pup Academy, and struck a deal with Netflix for Puppy Star Christmas, the fourth film installment in ABE’s hit Pup Star franchise.
Created and executive produced by Anna McRoberts, and executive produced and directed by ABE founder and CEO Robert Vince, Pup Academy (formerly Puppy Prep Academy) centers around a group of talking puppies who learn to become man’s best friend while attending a secret school where pups become dogs.
The series will bow next summer with a special movie-event pilot. ABE previously teamed up with the Mouse House on five Air Bud movies, seven Air Buddies movies and a pair of Santa Paws movies.
Netflix, meanwhile, has ordered a fourth film in ABE’s Pup Star franchise entitled Puppy Star Christmas. The song- and dance-filled holiday feature will be available to stream on November 20, 2018. The movie follows Pup Star: World Tour‘s May 5 debut and joins the first and second installments of the franchise, Pup Star and Pup Star: Better 2Gether, which launched in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Rounding out the new content, ABE is developing a sixth Air Bud movie and a series starring everyone’s favorite basketball playing Golden Retriever, Buddy. The company will launch the projects for a new generation of Air Bud fans in 2020, 22 years after the debut of the franchise.