DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment USA has signed a global deal to develop, co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for a brand new Mega Man animated series, based on the classic Capcom video game character. The deal was announced Thursday by Yuichi Kinoshita, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc., and by Asaph Fipke, Chief Content Officer of DHX.
Dentsu Ent. USA and DHX will manage all global rights. DHX will take on distribution and licensing in the U.S. in collaboration with Dentsu Ent. USA. Parent company Dentsu Inc. will manage distribution and licensing in Asia, and DHX will handle all other territories.
Aimed at kids 6 to 9, (and their gamer parents), the show will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot. When activated, his skin re-forms into a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor, including the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet. Beloved characters like Rush will return, while new characters, like Mega Mini, will make their debut! The new Mega Man is slated for 2017, coinciding with the franchise’s 30th anniversary.
Man of Action Entertainment (creators of Ben 10, Generator Rex and original Big Hero 6; executive producers/writers for Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) will executive produce the all-new Mega Man.
Read more about this project in the June/July 2016 issue of Animation Magazine (#261), out soon.