HBO Max has picked up well-known writer Mo Willems in a deal which will see him create a number of animated specials for the upcoming streaming service over a number of years.

The two year deal includes streaming rights to the writers’ first live action special, titled Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! There will be further specials from this world, as well as some based on his children’s books.

Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, said: ‘Mo is a special talent with a profound ability to connect with children and families alike. We are so happy Mo and Stampede Ventures chose to partner with us at HBO Max.’

Willems is known for his time on Sesame Street, which landed him six Emmy Awards. He has also worked for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, after which time he produced several New York Times bestselling books.

Willems said: ‘HBO Max is the perfect home for me to work on fun and experimental ways to bring my book characters and theater work to the screen because we share the goal of creating exciting shows and series that bring families together.’

Choose from thousands of TV shows and movies.

Get stuck in with no fixed contract now.