SABAN BUYS BACK POWER RANGERS - 
NEW SEASON COMING IN 2011!

June 12, 2010:

This past week the Licensing International Expo was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Saban Brands was present at the show, and while none of their promotional material showed what the logo or season title for the 2011 season would be, they pushed very hard in their dedication of the Power Rangers brand.  

Mr. Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands, sat down for a live webcast interview on Wednesday.  The chat lasted close to ten minutes and focused on how much Saban Brands plans on promoting and pushing Power Rangers.  Still no details were given on the specifics of the new season, but we did learn that there will in fact be 40 new episodes total for the 2011 season.  Some other notable points that were discussed are:

Youtube user Ryokuya has placed the entire interview on Youtube for anyone to watch.

Also, during this past week, Saban Brands launched their Power Rangers page for their site, explaining how important the show is.  Plus, in their video highlighting how they plan to hype it, one interesting note is the mention of "DVD & Blu-Ray".  While everyone should remain level headed about this, it is still a bit more promising that we might be coming closer to finally getting boxsets.

You can view the Saban Brands site at http://www.sabanbrands.com/ and the Power Rangers page at http://www.sabanbrands.com/brands.html 

 

May 22, 2010:

Okay, since I now have my desktop computer back up and running completely, I can bring you up to speed on all the developments that have occurred with the Saban Power Rangers Purchase.

#1 - On May 12, 2010, it was announced that Haim Saban, through the newly formed Saban Brands LLC, bought the Power Rangers franchise back from the Walt Disney Company.  Saban Brands will team with Nickelodeon to air a NEW 20-Episode Power Rangers season in 2011.  Also, starting in the fall of 2010, the Nicktoons Network will begin airing reruns of Power Rangers, consisting from any of the 700 total Power Rangers shows.

Through numerous press releases, it was learned that the Walt Disney Company felt that Power Rangers". . .just doesn't fit in our long-term programming strategy or with the Disney brand,"  This quote came from Disney spokesman Jonathan Friedland.  However, Haim Saban himself stated also that he did not believe the Walt Disney Company handled the series well.  

#2 - More news stories on the purchase also stated that Saban has plans on releasing a NEW Power Rangers Theatrical Movie in the future.

#3 - The Hollywood Reporter article on the story informed us that the Executive Producer for the new Power Rangers season would be long time Power Rangers crew veteran Johnathan Tzachor, whom worked on Power Rangers from Mighty Morphin through the end of Wild Force.

#4 - Nickoloden soon released a press release themselves stating the the new season of Power Rangers would begin production in the summer of 2010, with Mr. Tzachor as Executive Producer.

#5 - On May 14, 2010, Bandai America released a press release announcing that they would continue to be the Master Toy Licensee for Power Rangers.  But not only will they continue to make the toys for Power Rangers, D3Publisher of America Inc. will be responsible for making new Power Rangers video games.

#6 - Saban Brands launched their own website.  For right now it just states some very basic information about what they plan on doing as a company.  It does confirm that Saban Brands WILL be at the 2010 Licensing International Expo June from 8th through 10th in Las Vegas.  Plus, ToyArk.com has reported that this year, the Licensing Show would be broadcast live on the internet, and all media content would be easily accessible to people all around the world.

#7 - Finally, on May 18, it was discovered that the website Actors Access had posting the following casting sheet for Power Rangers.  This possibly reveals the names and basic attitudes of the 2011 Rangers.  Plus, it states that the filming will be done in New Zealand.  And finally, from the colors for the six Rangers listed, it would seem that we could expect the new Power Rangers season to be based from the 2009 Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Series.  I do advise everyone that until we begin getting more information, do not take the following casting information too heavily.  

Special Notes: LOCATION: ALL TALENT must be willing to relocate to New Zealand for approx. 6 -8 months. Must have valid or current passport with at least one (1) year left before renewal or able to get one.

RATE: NON-UNION EPISODIC. APPROX. Salary $70/hr or $1,000 per day plus ten percent (10%) agent fee. Favored nations.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING POWER RANGER ROLES are a group of teens 18-23 years to play 15-19 years. They are all nice looking, charismatic, energetic, outgoing and a confident. They must have SUPER HERO LOOKS with average height and in great physical condition. Martial arts or gymnastics a big plus:

[ RED RANGER - REESE ]
Caucasian male, 18 - 23 to play 17-19 years. Reese is an attractive young man with super hero looks and a slim athletic build, approx 5'10". Natural leader, reserved quiet and mysterious.
Martial arts a plus.

[ GREEN RANGER - PARRY ]
All ethnicity Male, 18 to 23 to play 17-19. He has good looks and a strong slim build. He is approx. 5'6" - 5'9", He is a rebel, street smart He is very creative and not afraid to think outside the box.

[ BLUE RANGER - BARON ]
Could be any ethnicity Male, 18 to early twenties to play 16-19 years. He is a handsome athletic man with honorable intentions. Approx. 5'6" - 5'10" with a slightly thinner build. Extremely disciplined, punctual, 'military' square. *Martial arts ability is required.

[ PINK RANGER - SADIE ]
Any ethnicity, 18 to 23 to play 16 to 19 years. 5'4"-5'6. She is beautiful, sophisticated, intelligent and confident. She tends to be the older sister type. Motherly. She is very intuitive and genuinely cares about others.

[ YELLOW RANGER - AVA ]
Any ethnicity, 18 to early twenties to play 14 to 16 years of age. 5'2"- 5'5". Very cute, sweet, positive and very naïve small town girl. She is the baby sister that everyone looks after.

[ GOLD RANGER - WESLEY ]
Any ethnicity male, 18 - 23 to play 17-19 years. He is on the slim side - 5'7" - 5'10". He is over animated, funny and affectionate, a Jim Carrey type but with no ego. He is a guy who grew up in the streets and is self taught fighter and a self taught computer programmer. Must have great comedic body movements.


[ PRINCESS - MEGAN ]
Any ethnicity female, 18 to early twenties to play 16 to 19 years of age. height 5'4"- 5'6". good looking, cold and aloof. She is a princess with blue blood lineage. She is very brave and maintains her courage under difficult circumstances.

So that basically brings us completely up to speed on the developments of this story.  What are my thoughts?  Well, I'll be posting my ideas and feelings on all of this soon in my Linear Ranger's Ledger.  But I gotta say I'm pleased with most of what I've read thus far and I cannot wait to see how Saban Brands will make Shinkenger into an awesome Power Rangers Season.


 

SOURCES:

Saban Brands -- OOfficial Website

Variety - Saban Re-Acquires Rights to Power Rangers

Huffington Post -- Mogul Saban buys back Power Rangers from Disney

The Hollywood Reporter -- Saban Buys Back Power Rangers

Business Wire -- Saban Brings "Power Rangers" Franchise to Nickelodeon

Bandai -- Bandai America Incorporated Continues Its “Powerful” Legacy as the Master Toy Licensee of Power Rangers

ToyArk.com -- Licensing Expo 2010 To Broadcast Show Via Web

Actors Access -- Official Website

 


May 12, 2010:

Holy cow!  I never thought I'd see this come about, but it has happened ladies and gentlemen.  Saban has bought back Power Rangers from the Walt Disney Company.  From the article below we've learned that Saban has now formed an entertainment company called "Saban Brands".  They've bought back Power Rangers from Disney and will begin airing 20 NEW episodes on the Nicktoons network in 2011.   The older seasons will also be aired on the Nicktoons network.

Here is the news as was posted on Variety's website.

The Power Rangers have come home.

Haim Saban's newly formed Saban Brands company has re-acquired from Disney the rights to the "Power Rangers" franchise that built Saban's fortune in the mid-1990s. Saban has cut a deal with Nickelodeon for 20 new "Power Rangers" episodes, while the library of some 700 older segs will begin airing on cabler Nicktoons later this year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it's likely that the property commanded a price tag in the nine-figure range. At the time Disney acquired "Power Rangers" along with its acquisition of Fox Family Worldwide in 2001, the franchise had grossed an astounding $5 billion in retail sales alone.

Saban Brands prexy Elie Dekel said Haim Saban approached Disney about retrieving the Power Rangers franchise more than six months ago because he was convinced it had potential for a strong revival. Disney has maintained some "Power Rangers" merchandise licensing and has episodes of the show airing around the world and on ABC Family. But the property clearly hasn't been a priority for the Mouse.

Dekel sees great promise in introducing the Power Rangers -- revolving around a group of ordinary youths who can "morph" into superheroes -- to a new generation of kids through the TV series, live touring events and feature films, among other efforts.

"Haim has always felt that the brand could truly be evergreen, and while Disney continued to produce the series and support consumer products part of the business, we still see tremendous untapped potential," Dekel said.

Dekel is very familiar with the property, having been a Saban Entertainment exec at the time it took off. Haim Saban developed the concept after being impressed by similar live-action kidvid fare he saw in Japan. He cut a deal in the late 1980s with Toei Film to develop his own spin on the genre. He pitched it to U.S. outlets for years but didn't get any takers until Fox's fledgling Fox Kids kidvid block picked it up. "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," as the show was known in its first two seasons, was an overnight sensation after it bowed on Fox Kids in 1993.

A few years later, Saban and Fox later created a joint kidvid venture, Fox Family Worldwide, that incorporated the Power Rangers and acquired the Family Channel. Disney bought Fox Family Worldwide in 2001 and turned the cabler into ABC Family Channel.

 

So get ready Power Ranger fans, because we are indeed back!

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