Forty episodes of Power Rangers Samurai are currently in production, and will air on Nickelodeon and Nick Toons in North America in 2011. Saban is in talks with UK and European broadcast partners.
Besides being key for the story of the TV series and online/interactive content, the samurai theme will also be central to a new line of consumer products from toy partner Bandai and other licensees.
"We believe Power Rangers can be more than it has recently, and we are producing more episodes and have brought back the original producer of the series," said Saban Brands president, Elie Dekel.
“The new series takes on a brighter tone and gets an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn't present in seasons 16 and 17. We are also building a new website (www.powerrangers.com), which will be integrated with Nickelodeon.
"The site will launch with games and eventually add more immersive content, including an online world and social media elements. Handheld and console games for Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo are also in development.”
Elie Dekel and vice president international Kirk Bloomgarden will be exhibiting at Brand Licensing Europe and Mipcom.