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Hollywood, Calif. (November 17, 2017) -- Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated feature Klaus, the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of Despicable Me. The voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack. Netflix adds Klaus to its already broad selection of high-quality kids and family entertainment.

Currently in production in Madrid, Klaus is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos. Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by SPA Studios, Pablos’ animation studio, and Atresmedia Cine, and executive produced by Jinko Gotoh (The Lego Movie Sequel, The Little Prince, The Illusionist, Finding Nemo).

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus? He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world!” Pablos said. “We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Klaus blends traditional and modern animation and includes many innovative techniques including complex, interactive lighting and the use of advanced texturing capabilities. Toon Boom Harmony will provide strategic technological support. The Netflix Original will be available globally for Holiday 2019.

Click HERE for artwork from Klaus.

About Sergio Pablos and SPA Studios

Sergio Pablos has spent more than 20 years in the animation industry as a creator, writer, producer, character designer, supervising animator, and studio owner. His screen credits include Despicable Me, Rio, Treasure Planet, and Tarzan. Sergio’s work has twice been nominated for Annie Awards: for his character design work on Rio, and for his character animation on Treasure Planet. Sergio helms The SPA Studios, where he originated Despicable Me and the upcoming Klaus. In addition the studio has done work for Blue Sky/Fox Animation, Paramount Animation, Sony Pictures, Dreamworks, and others.

About Atresmedia Cine

Atresmedia Cine is part of the large Spanish Audiovisual Group, Atresmedia, whose aim is to promote and contribute to the development of the film industry using the potential of the broadcaster as a communication channel. The company has produced more than 100 films, which have been well received by both critics and the public, which is reflected in the box office and the many awards received. It has participated in major-budget productions with some of the finest producers and talent from the Spanish and international film scenes, including Woody Allen, Guillermo del Toro, Wim Wenders, Oriol Paulo, Juan José Campanella and Alberto Rodriguez.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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