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Alex Kurtzman stated that unlike Lower Decks, Prodigy will be kid-focused with an "entirely different perspective and an entirely different tone," adding, "What's exciting about it is not only looking at each animated series as what's the different tone, but what's the different technology we can apply to these things so that visually they're entirely different?" 
On 24 April 2019, it was revealed that the series would indeed air on Nickelodeon and focus on a group of lawless teenage characters finding a derelict Starfleet ship which they use to "search for adventure, meaning and salvation". 
In May 2019 CBS filed copyright for the titles "Star Trek: Section 31" and "Star Trek: Prodigy", with posts on Reddit later in the year attaching the Prodigy title to the second animated series. 
In July 2019, the Hagemans announced the full writers' room for the show.  Among those revealed to be writing the series are Trollhunters writer-producers Aaron Waltke and Chad Quandt, The 100 writer-producers Shawna Benson and Julie Benson, Black Sails writer Lisa Boyd, Shades of Blue writer Nikhil Jayaram, and Diandra Pendleton-Thompson.
In October 2019, Kurtzman said that this series will be animated in a digital 3D style, like Ninjago or Trollhunters, as opposed to the more "cartoon" look of Star Trek: Lower Decks. He also confirmed that the series had been picked up for a two-season order, and that a title had been chosen for the series, but he was not yet ready to reveal it. 
In the same interview, Heather Kadin said that due to the time-consuming process of 3D animation, the series would likely air later than 2021. Kadin also emphasized that the Hagemans' writing style will be accessible to kids without patronizing them or alienating their parents:
"The reason we went to the Hagemans is because if you've seen their work, you know that they’re not writing "Muppet Babies." It's not "Little Spock and Little Kirk." It's not playing down [to viewers] that way."
"Even [with] their characters in Ninjago – they are teenagers – I was able to watch that with my kids and they write with a very epic quality. They tell stories the way we tell stories in live action: serialized, turning over cards…"
"I think it will be a great way for fans to introduce the franchise to their kids, and for new fans to be formed, because it's such a big franchise, [it can be hard] to get into as a kid." 
|Star Trek television series|
|The Original Series • The Animated Series • The Next Generation • Deep Space Nine • Voyager • Enterprise|
• Discovery • Picard • Lower Decks
|Companion series: After Trek • Short Treks • The Ready Room|
|In development: Untitled Section 31 series • Prodigy • Strange New Worlds|