ZAG is looking to push into the film market with a slate of 10 movies lined up as co-pros with LA-based Cross Creek Pictures (The Trial of the Chicago Seven).
The two studios have already teamed up to produce an upcoming animated feature film called Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir: The Movie. They’re now expanding on this partnership with a slate of 10 movie projects spanning animation, live action and mixed media. Most of them will be musicals, and ZAG founder/CEO Jeremy Zag will direct at least half.
On the animated front are: Fairy Force, a musical about a little fairy from the forest who has to square off against witches in New York; and Ladylion, also a musical, highlighting the beauty of the planet’s wildlife. YouTuber and animal sanctuary founder Dean Schneider is developing this feature with ZAG.
The companies are also turning ZAG’s animated series Ghostforce into a live-action movie that follows a group of preteens who must defend their city from spectral attacks. There’s also a hybrid live-action musical called Choco in the mix, but no details are available yet.
Kids content is a new focus for Cross Creek, which is best known for high-impact live-action films such as Black Swan (2010) and Rush (2013). The studio came on board to produce ZAG’s animated musical feature Melody (pictured) in May. This retelling of the Snow White fairytale is about an aspiring singer who has to overcome a pop star’s jealousy and find success with the help of seven magic musical notes. Singer Katy Perry (“Firework”) is co-writing the film’s script and starring.
The number of streamers competing for eyeballs has opened up a healthy market for kids films, and Disney+ and Disney Channel have acquired the global premiere rights to ZAG’s Miraculous movie. MGA Entertainment (L.O.L. Surprise) and Hasbro (My Little Pony) have also successfully placed their new movies on Netflix.