Haim Saban has reacquired the rights to the long-running children’s action series Power Rangers and has teamed with Nickelodeon as the brand’s U.S. television platform.
An 18th season of the show is planned to debut on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons in 20011, with the franchise’s 700-episode back catalog of episodes returning to television on Nicktoons later this year.
Saban cooperated with Japan’s Toei Co. in re-acquiring the rights to the show from the Walt Disney Corp. Disney acquired the brand in 2001 when it bought Fox Family Worldwide and its library, which included the Saban-created property.
‘We are delighted to be partnering with Nickelodeon to bring the ever-popular Power Rangers to a whole new generation of viewers,’ said Haim Saban, the original developer of Power Rangers. ‘With Nickelodeon’s reach we are at the beginning of a new era for one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment properties.’
‘We are truly excited to be partners with Haim Saban and his team,’ said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. ‘As one of the original leaders in kids’ television he helped to create powerful brand equity for Power Rangers and with partnerships like this Nickelodeon will be able to build a broader audience, superserve multiple demos, especially boys, and expand our programming offerings.’