Netflix has signed a multi-year deal with Chris Nee, the multi-award winning children’s TV screenwriter and producer.
Nee is the creator and executive producer behind Doc McStuffins, which has won the Peabody Award, NAACP Award, and been nominated for multiple Emmys. This was the first preschool show to feature an animated African American female as the lead character, as well as a family led by LGBTQ parents.
Nee also developed the Emmy-nominated series Vampirina. She started her career on the long-running children’s series Sesame Street.
Under the deal, Netflix will also have first dibs on feature film projects from Nee and her production company Laughing Wild.
“The beauty of Netflix is that they don’t define me by what I’ve done in the past, but by who they think I can be in the future,” Nee said in a statement. “I love that they don’t believe in boxes but rather encourage creators to dream big and swing for the fences creatively.
“Just as important is my ability to define the culture of my company and double-down on finding and nurturing new and diverse voices. My mission is to create work that reflects the world we live in and lend a voice to the storytellers who haven’t always had access. I can’t wait to get started.”