Nickelodeon’s Star Trek: Prodigy will see Ben Hibon come on as director.
Good news, potentially, for those of you still excited for Star Trek: Prodigy, the Nickelodeon-specific Star Trek show, as news broke that Ben Hibon is coming on board. Hibon will direct, be a co-executive producer, and serve as the creative lead for the cartoon. He’s essentially responsible for the series and its overall story narrative.
Ramsey Naito, the Executive Vice President for the Animation Production and Development arm of Nickelodeon released a statement on Hibon.
"Ben’s contributions to the world of animation are immeasurable, and we are so lucky to have his vision and creative genius on Star Trek: Prodigy. As an incredible storyteller and a world builder with a distinct vision, his original approach paired with this beloved property will bring the characters to life in a whole new way."
Hibon himself also released a statement on the new position.
"Getting the chance to work on an IP like Star Trek has been an incredible opportunity, particularly when partnered with the talented teams at Nickelodeon, CBS and Secret Hideout, who have been pushing the boundaries of what animation and serialized storytelling for younger audiences can deliver."
Hibon is an award-winning animator who has worked on the Killer Seven video game franchise, as well as did the animation directing for Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1. He’s worked in animation and video games for a while and has a unique, raw design style to his work. Something unique and captivating.
If he brings that type of style to Star Trek: Prodigy than maybe a lot of the issues that have plagued Star Trek: Lower Decks, like a lack of identity, would not be so problematic with the Nickelodeon-based Prodigy.
Hibon will join fellow executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters) on the project. They were brought in to make Star Trek: Prodigy together at the behest of franchise overlord, executive producer Alex Kurtzman.
The show does not have a release date yet.