'Degrassi' Revived At HBO Max For New Series, Streamer Acquires 14-Season Library
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'Degrassi' Revived At HBO Max For New Series, Streamer Acquires 14-Season Library

Shadow and Act has confirmed that WarnerMedia Kids & Family has ordered a new Degrassi series which will air on HBO Max.

From showrunners Lara Azzopardi (The Bold Type) and Julia Cohen (Riverdale), the series will have 10 hour-long episodes and is expected to launch in the U.S. on HBO Max in 2023. Filming will begin later in 2022.

Also, HBO Max has picked up the U.S. rights for the entire 14-season library of the franchise’s longest-running and most notable installment, Degrassi: The Next Generation. It will be available on HBO Max later this spring and on Cartoon Network at later date.

The fifth and most recent series of the franchise, Degrassi: Next Class, aired on Netflix from 2016-2017.

The description of the new HBO Max series:

A reprise of the original teen drama, Degrassi is a character-driven series about the high school experience and the thrilling, often painful journey of self-discovery. Set in Toronto, the new series explores a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart. The show travels deep into the hearts and homes of diverse, complicated characters, as they struggle to find their new normal, reaching for hope, redemption and love. 

“Series after series, the Degrassi franchise continues to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for trustworthy and authentic storytelling,” said Amy Friedman, Head of Kids & Family Programming, Warner Bros.

“WildBrain continues to artfully capture high school life in a compelling format that can be experienced seamlessly on HBO Max.”

Eric Ellenbogen, CEO of WildBrain, said: “I’m delighted that our first-ever commission from HBO Max is for Degrassi, a truly venerable franchise with a highly devoted and passionate audience. This is yet another evergreen property from our vast IP library that we are reviving with a fresh vision and creative-first approach.”

Josh Scherba, President of WildBrain, said: “Now in its fourth decade, Degrassi is one of those beloved evergreen properties that demands to be refreshed for each new generation. Stephanie Betts, our Chief Content Officer, along with showrunners, Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen, have envisioned an evolution for Degrassi that, while staying true to the fundamental honesty, humanity and integrity of the brand, promises fans a journey into exciting new territory, both creatively and dramatically. We’re delighted to be partnering with HBO Max to deliver this new vision to fans and extend Degrassi’s legacy.”

Azzopardi and Cohen said: “What excites us maybe the most about reviving this beloved franchise is turning it into a truly serialized one-hour drama. We’re honored to be given the opportunity to lead this evolution and bring this iconic series back into people’s homes.”

Degrassi will be produced by WildBrain Studios and developed by Azzopardi and Cohen who also serve as executive producers. Filming will take place in Toronto during summer 2022.

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