Alcon Entertainment has secured, via Appian Way, the rights to adapt the New York Times best-selling picture book series Pete the Cat into an animated television show.
Phineas and Ferb co-creator Jeff “Swampy” Marsh is set to run the program, while Alcon’s Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, and Laura Lancaster will executive produce alongside Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson.
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22 books have been published in the Pete the Cat series to date. James Dean, who first created the character in 1999 ahead of illustrating the series’ debut novel, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, is set to serve as the television show’s Consulting Producer.
“Pete the Cat is such an approachable and well loved series, and as our first animated series, the perfect match for our companies,” Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement.
Alcon’s library of family-focused titles includes films like My Dog Skip, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Dolphin Tale 2, while their television endeavors have thus far include a four-part, Alex Gibney-directed HBO series on Frank Sinatra in addition to The Expanse, a space thriller for SyFy Netwrok.
A premiere date for the Pete the Cat TV show has yet to be released.