Nickelodeon has come under fire after announcing a new series called Made By Maddie. Social media users were quick to point out the similarities of the new show and the Oscar winning short film, Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry. Now, Nickelodeon has made the decision to pull the show until the creative process behind Made by Maddie can be investigated for plagiarism.
A Nickelodeon spokesperson said, “Made by Maddie is a show we acquired several years ago from Silvergate Media, a renowned production company we have previously worked with on other series…Since announcing the show’s premiere date this week, we have been listening closely to the commentary, criticism and concern coming from both viewers and members of the creative community.
They continued, “In response, and out of respect to all voices in the conversation, we are removing the show from our schedule as we garner further insight into the creative journey of the show. We are grateful to Silvergate Media for all of their work. And we hold Matthew A. Cherry and the wonderful and inspiring ‘Hair Love’ in the highest regard.”
Made by Maddie was originally set to premiere on September 13. The series is geared towards preschoolers and follows eight-year-old Maddie as she explores New York City while creating fashion masterpieces out of disasters. There is no new premiere date for Made by Maddie at this time.
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