Nickelodeon has removed its preschool animated show Made by Maddie from its schedule in response to a controversy about similarities between its characters and those in Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short Hair Love.
The network announced the decision in a statement obtained by Deadline.
“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.
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 had been scheduled to premiere September 13 on Nick Jr.
Comparisons to the characters in Hair Love were made on social media after Nickelodeon released a teaser for the series earlier this week.
Created by Paula Rosenthal and produced by Silvergate Media (Sunny Day, Peter Rabbit, the series follows 8-year-old Maddie in New York City, as she uses her imagination and design ingenuity to turn every problem into a positive with the perfect fashion fix.
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