DHX Media has inked a deal with Dentsu Entertainment USA to develop a new animated series based on the Capcom Mega Man video game franchise, TVWise has learned.
The as-yet untitled series will feature new and returning characters as well as exciting new technologies and robots. The animated series will also introduce Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot. When activated, his skin re-forms – in a flurry of computer code and visual pyrotechnics – into a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor, including the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet.
Under the terms of their pact, DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment will co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for the new Mega Man animated series. DHX will handle distribution and licensing in all territories except Asia, where Dentsu Inc will manage assume responsibility for sales. Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX will both participate in all revenue streams related to this agreement.
DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment are also partnering with Man Of Action Entertainment – the company behind Ben 10, Generation Rex, Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble – who will serve as exeuctive producers on the new Mega Man series, which has a target audience of kids aged 6-9 and their parents who grew up loving the videogames.
“We’re very excited to be working with Dentsu on Mega Man. This is yet another deal born of our strategy of teaming up with leading companies on high-profile kids’ brands that we can leverage across our platform of production, distribution, licensing and broadcast”, said DHX’s Chief Content Officer Asaph Fipke.
While Dentsu Entertainment USA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Yuichi Kinoshita added: “Mega Man™ has a rare, nearly three-decade-long tradition with fans. We are excited to work with DHX to bring this newly imagined version of a long-beloved character back to the global marketplace.”