Wow, so the idea of having a Trek series and its spinoff on the air at the same time was around decades before DS9!
I'm not sure I'd agree with Andy that doing an animated series today would be a risky or unusual move. It's actually common these days to have animated shows to cross-promote with movie franchises -- we've currently got them for Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Avengers
, and Transformers
, for example, and the Transformers Prime
animated series is actually produced by Kurtzman & Orci, who have expressed interest in doing a new Trek animated series too -- and may even be actively developing one.