Green Eggs and Ham, Sam I am? Netflix signs exclusive rights to children’s show

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You’d be pretty hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t enjoy the whimsical writing of Dr. Seuss as a child, and in most cases even moving into adulthood.

And most notably Green Eggs and Ham, an instant classic known globally for the misadventures of a young unnamed character that chooses to not accept a risk of the unknown until the pestering Sam-I-Am finally convinces him to try some delicious green eggs and ham.

Deadline is reporting that Netflix has purchased the rights to a Green Eggs and Ham television show, directed at children, set to release within the next three years. As an added bonus the famed Ellen Degeneres will be producing the series, bringing not only a great children’s book to the screen, but also adding some star power behind its production.

The show has been in limbo for several years now, and I can’t imagine it’s easy to navigate the distribution rights of one of the world’s most famous children’s books. A lot of invested parties on all levels with this one, but still very exciting to hear the reality of this show being released is nearing.

Netflix has put a lot of focus into children’s entertainment lately, and I fully expect this type of content to continue expanding in the near future as children’s entertainment availability on the go via any streaming device will certainly encourage more subscription growth for the service.

The press release from Netflix is well worth a read:

Beverly Hills, Calif., April 29, 2015 –
Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.

We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.

In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!

Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix
threw her quote into the mix:
“We think this will be a hit
Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect fit
for our growing slate of amazing stories
available exclusively in all Netflix territories.
You can stream it on a phone.
You can stream it on your own.
You can stream it on TV.
You can stream it globally.”