Icebox’s ‘Starship’ Troopers

Showtime inks deal for animated space laffer

Showtime has inked a deal with Necaster to license “Starship Regulars,” an animated comedy series about the lives of ordinary men and women aboard a military spaceship. It will air on the cable network and later be developed into a live action strip.

“Starship” is the first Internet series to make the transition to traditional television.

Show was created by Rob LaZebnik (co-executive producer of “The Simpsons,” “Empty Nest” and an Icebox co-founder).

Next June, Showtime will turn the strip into a 13 half-hour live action series to be produced by Icebox and exec produced by LaZebnik.

Icebox will receive rights payments, producing fees and backend revenues.

Showtime execs spent the last few months combing through Icebox’s unproduced scripts, concept drawings and unaired pilots, as well as already streamed shows.

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