Made by Maddie is an animated show that was going to premiere on Nickelodeon, but that’s all changed. Due to social media pointing out the similarities between Made by Maddie and Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short Hair Love, the network is pulling it. Made by Maddie was meant to premiere on September 13th on Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon put out a statement:
“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.”
Silvergate Media, however; maintains that it has worked on the show since before the Kickstarter campaign that Cherry began in 2017 to fund Hair Love:
“Silvergate Media has been working on the series for the last five years and throughout the production has taken steps to ensure a diverse production team and an appropriate voice cast lending their expertise and talent,” CEO Waheed Alli said. “As creators ourselves, we have the utmost respect and admiration for Matthew A. Cherry and Hair Love, and our hope is that when people watch our show, they will see it is its own story with its own adventures.”
— ❥ (@softblackgirls) September 2, 2020
What do you think about this decision and are the two projects similar?
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