Saban Brands and Nickelodeon Presents Mighty Morphin' Pirate Rangers
All-New Power Rangers are ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary in style
LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2012) Coming in 2013, Nickelodeon, the worldwide leader in entertainment for kids, will introduce audiences to the newest incarnation in the Power Rangers franchise with the action-packed premiere of Mighty Morphin' Pirate Rangers. Combining thrilling storylines, dynamic action, and charming comedy, Mighty Morphin' Pirate Rangers will look to celebrate the franchise's iconic 20th anniversary like only Nickelodeon and Saban Brands can deliver. The all new series will feature a brand new cast of Rangers, an evil force of villains like never seen before, and an entirely new set of Zords and arsenal. In order to help celebrate the remarkable 20th anniversary milestone, faces familiar to the Power Rangers brand will also make appearances as characters that long-time fans can identify and familiarize with.
"We are very excited to be bringing this incredible anniversary season to Nickelodeon audiences and its affiliates. Power Rangers has been a pop culture icon that has withstood the test of time, and we are excited to continue its strong messages of friendship and teamwork in this all new season," said Pete Danielsen, Executive Vice President, Programming, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. "This brand new season will truly be something special for both the longtime fans and the new generation of kids."
Mighty Morphin' Pirate Rangers introduces five brand new teens who are selected to become Pirate Rangers based on their masterful expertise in their respective fields. Together, they must unite as a team to battle against the evil Space Empire led by Commander Gil. However, in order to do so, they will need to scour the planet in search of the Mega Force Keys, powerful weaponry that allows them to harness the power of former Ranger teams.
The Pirate Rangers are: Nathan, the Red Ranger and outgoing team leader; Jacob, the Blue Ranger and loyal teammate; Aiden, the Green Ranger and brains behind the operation; Abbey, the Yellow Ranger and tomboy with a bit of an attitude; and Kayla, the Pink Ranger and "young sister" of the group. Together, the team will unite under the lead of their experienced mentor, Justin Stewart (portrayed by Blake Foster), a veteran Ranger from long ago who returns to renew his stance in the fight against evil.
"This is an exciting time for Saban Brands, as well as Power Rangers fans around the world. We are so excited to introduce this brand new series and Nickelodeon is the perfect platform to showcase it," said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. "We think new fans will be hooked in by the exhilarating action, and older fans will enjoy seeing familiar faces return to the fold."
Alongside Blake Foster, older fans can also expect to see several other returning cast members from previous seasons, including Mike Ginn (Gem / Power Rangers: R.P.M), Jason Smith (Casey / Power Rangers: Jungle Fury), Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam / Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers), Paul Schrier (Bulk), and fan-favorite Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver) among others.
"This is the type of season that hardcore Power Rangers fans have been asking for," said Blake Foster, one of several returning cast members. "For me, it's just an honor to be back. I loved being the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Turbo and it's almost a dream come true to return 15 years later in a mentor role. For the fans, there will definitely be a few big surprises so they should stayed tuned. And who knows, maybe we haven't seen the last of Justin Stewart in a Ranger uniform."
Produced by Saban Brand LLC and Power Rangers Productions Ltd, Mighty Morphin' Pirate Rangers is Executive Produced by Jonathan Tzachor. Following its introduction in 1993, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children's television program in the United States. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who "morphed" into superheroes, the series was seen in more than 60 countries and translated into numerous languages. It rose to rank as the #1 boys brand in the world from 1993-97, based on toy sales and television ratings. To date, Power Rangers licensed products and promotions have generated well over $5 billion in retail sales worldwide. For more information go to www.powerrangers.com
About Saban Capital Group
Saban Capital Group ("SCG") is a leading private investment firm based in Los Angeles specializing in the media, entertainment and communications industries. Established in 2001 by Haim Saban, the firm makes both controlling and minority investments in public and private companies and takes an active role in its portfolio companies. SCG's current private equity investments include Univision (the premier Spanish-language media company in the US) and Tiger Gate Entertainment (a joint venture with Lionsgate to operate branded pay television channels across Asia). Saban Brands LLC, an affiliate of SCG, was formed in 2010, to acquire, manage and license entertainment properties and consumer brands across media and consumer platforms globally. In addition, SCG actively manages a globally diversified portfolio of investments across public equities, credit, alternative investments, and real property assets. For more information, please visit www.saban.com.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
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