Chris and Shane Houghton
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Disney inks overall deal with Big City Green creators

Chris and Shane Houghton will develop new animated series, shorts and movies exclusively for Disney Channel and Disney+.
January 14, 2021

Disney Television Animation has inked an overall deal with Big City Greens creators and exec producers Shane (pictured, left) and Chris Houghton (pictured, right) to develop new content exclusively for Disney Channel and Disney+.

The Houghton brothers will continue working on Big City Greens, as well as developing new animated series, shorts and movies under the deal.

Before working with Disney, the siblings wrote and illustrated the comic book series Reed Gunther about a bear-riding cowboy. They also wrote and illustrated comics for The Simpsons, Adventure Time and Peanuts. Chris previously worked as a storyboard artist on Gravity Falls as well.

Disney Channel has also ordered a third season of Big City Greens. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the 50-ep animated series for kids ages six to nine premiered in 2018, and has since racked up nearly 300 million views across all social and digital channels, according to Disney. The Mouse House renewed the series for a second season ahead of its premiere.

Disney is leaning into overall deals to build up its content offering for linear TV and Disney+. Last month, it signed an agreement with Bruce Smith and Ralph Farquhar, the exec producers behind The Proud Family, to create new content for Disney Branded Television.

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