Netflix is opening its new office in Paris today and celebrating by increasing its investment in France. Overall, the SVOD has 20 new local productions, and partnerships with French creative institutions in place already and plans to significantly increase its investment in the region.
On the kids side, Netflix is expanding on its previous partnership with Gobelins L’École de l’Image with further contributions to Gobelins’ training program and funding for four-year scholarships for five students as part of the Masters of Arts degree in character animation and animated filmmaking. The partnership, which includes a post-graduate fellowship and several scholarships, was originally announced in June last year. Every year, one graduate will be chosen to work with animation experts in Japan, developing Netflix original anime titles. The first recipient was Claire Matz who has now completed her three-month internship at Yapiko Animation. It’s also funding scholarships to send students from all over Africa to Gobelins.
In terms of productions, Netflix picked up French studio Xilam Animation’s CG-animated preschool series Oggy Oggy, based on the popular franchise Oggy and the Cockroaches, late last year.
Netflix is planning to announce more French kids productions in the coming months.