May 1st, 2015 – Disney announced back in June 2014 that development had begun on “The Lion Guard”, a new animated television movie and series that continues the iconic story of “The Lion King.” Disney Television Animation has since named Mercury Filmworks its partner of choice to help bring this exciting new production to life.
“The Lion Guard” begins as Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Instead of assembling a team of young lions to serve with him, Kion challenges tradition by calling upon friends he believes are the best choices – Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a happy-go-lucky hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret. Stories will include special appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands. (DisneyPR, 2015).
"The Lion Guard" movie and series were developed by Ford Riley ("Special Agent Oso"), who also serves as executive producer. Howy Parkins ("Jake and the Never Land Pirates") is director. Christopher Willis ("Mickey Mouse") is the composer.
Disney Television Animation’s relationship with Mercury Filmworks has been an enormously successful pairing with Mercury rendering production services on critically acclaimed series such as the Emmy award winning "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" (seasons one - three), and Craig McCracken’s "Wander Over Yonder" (season one).
“The Lion Guard” television movie is set to premiere in the Fall of 2015, and the succeeding series will be unveiled in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
Based on the information at http://www.disneyabcpress.com/disneyjunior/shows/the-lion-guard/