SONY POP Gets “MEGANIZED” With DHX Media’s MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED as Season 1 is picked up for VOD and Broadcast in 5 Territories
Season one of action-packed, new animated series scheduled to roll out in the U.K. in 2019
Picked up for linear broadcast and video-on-demand streaming by POP on their channels and services in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta and Iceland.
DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM), a global children’s content and brands company, and Dentsu Entertainment U.S.A., are pleased to announce that season one of the new, action-packed animated series, Mega Man: Fully Charged, has been picked up for linear broadcast and video-on-demand streaming by POP on their channels and services in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta and Iceland. POP – the UK’s number-one commercial kids’ broadcaster – has debuted Mega Man: Fully Charged on the new on-demand Pop app available to all PlayStation 4 console owners and will launch on the linear channel in early 2019.
Today’s news follows the successful premiere this summer of Mega Man: Fully Charged in the U.S. on Cartoon Network and in Canada on DHX Media’s Family CHRGD. North American fans can now also check out clips and trailers on the dedicated Mega Man: Fully Charged YouTube channel on DHX Media’s WildBrain network. The channel will launch in the U.K. coinciding with the show’s debut on POP.
The new Mega Man: Fully Charged toy line from JAKKS Pacific is anticipated to hit store shelves in the U.S. in Spring 2019. The global master toy line exclusively includes action figures, figurines, playsets and accessories, role-play items, and everyday dress-up and Halloween costumes. The robust line of products is anticipated to roll out in the U.K. in Fall 2019.
“As the leading commercial kids’ broadcaster in the U.K., POP is the ideal platform to extend the international reach of Mega Man: Fully Charged,” said Josh Scherba, President, DHX Media. “Our creative teams have delivered a fantastic update on the classic Mega Man, and we believe fans new and old are sure to love immersing themselves in these new adventures. With international broadcasters on board, its own YouTube channel on WildBrain, and a terrific line of toys expected next year, Mega Man: Fully Charged is poised to take the world by storm.”
About Mega Man: Fully Charged
Aimed at kids 6 to 11, as well as their parents who grew up loving the video games, the new Mega Man: Fully Charged animated series will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light. Aki is a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot with secret, nano-core technology that allows him to transform into the mega-powered hero Mega Man! With his Mega Buster arm cannon and iconic helmet, Mega Man battles the wickedest villains Silicon City has to offer. Beloved characters, such as Mega Man’s robotic dog, Rush, will return – while new characters, like Mega Mini™ and Suna Light, will make their debut!
The Mega Man franchise is grounded in a series of video games, first launched in 1987 by Capcom, featuring battles fought by the eponymous blue robot and an extensive cast of allies and enemies. The Mega Man multiverse has spawned over 136 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 32 million copies worldwide, as well as a plethora of toys, comics and collectibles. On October 2, 2018, Capcom launched the highly anticipated video game sequel, Mega Man™ 11, available now for home consoles and Windows PC.
A highly rated Mega Man TV series was popular in the USA in the mid-1990s and aired on ABC Family. The new animated Mega Man series focuses on a normal, upbeat schoolboy robot, who discovers that deep within his programming lies secret protocols that can transform him into the powerful Mega Man. And, as the world’s first robotic super-hero, Mega Man must face the threats of Silicon City, while trying to preserve his secret identity and maintain a regular robot boy life.
Based on the legendary Capcom Mega Man video game franchise, Mega Man: Fully Charged is an original DHX Media co-production with Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. Written and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex, and the creators of the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6), the series is animated by DHX Media’s Vancouver studio. DHX Media manages distribution and licensing rights worldwide, excluding Japan, for the new Mega Man series. Dentsu Entertainment manages distribution and licensing in Japan.
About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM) is a global children’s content and brands company, recognized for such high-profile properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. One of the world’s foremost producers of children’s shows, DHX Media owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at 13,000 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices worldwide.
About Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc.
Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. was formed in 2010 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dentsu Inc. (Tokyo Stock Exchange, Code 4324). Dentsu Inc. is the world’s largest advertising agency, and a leading producer of Japanese animation, with approximately 55,000 full-time employees and more than 800 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Dentsu Entertainment USA develops original animation programming and media content for domestic and international markets, and manages licensing programs for new and existing properties. Current projects include production of the new Mega Man™ animated TV series. Past projects include YO-KAI WATCH™ and LBX™ (a.k.a.” Little Battlers eXperience”), both highly successful animation, video game and toy franchises; Deltora Quest®, a 52-episode animated series airing globally, and based on the international top-selling fantasy-adventure book series of the same name; and Monsuno®, an innovative toy line and animated boys action adventure series currently airing on Nicktoons and free-to-air channels in more than 150 countries. Dentsu Entertainment USA is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.
About Man of Action Entertainment
Man of Action Entertainment are Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, the writers’ collective behind comic’s largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their imprint at Image Comics. Their creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys’ action franchise for which they’re executive producing a new iteration, and Generator Rex,both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create, write and executive produce the all-new Mega Man series. They also launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action created the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6, Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature. In addition to creating successful video games, toy lines and comic books, Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming feature films and live-action TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil ™, Street Fighter ™, Mega Man ™ and Devil May Cry ™. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom and its products can be found here.
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific’s popular proprietary brands include Perfectly Cute™, Real Workin’ Buddies™, Squish-Dee-Lish™, XPV®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®, Kids Only!®; a wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties; and C’est Moi™, a youth skincare and make-up brand. Through JAKKS Cares, the company’s commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Follow on Instagram: @jakkstoys, Twitter: @jakkstoys and Facebook /JAKKS Pacific.