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Saban Brands, Shout!Factory sign home entertainment pact

Date March 12, 2012

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Shout! Factory and Saban Brands have signed a multi-year home entertainment agreement involving such iconic children's television characters as the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers, the companies said Monday.

The new pact grants Shout! Factory exclusive DVD and Blu-ray rights and certain digital rights to Saban properties in the United States and Canada.

The deal includes more than 700 episodes of "Power Rangers" (1993- 2009), 92 episodes of "VR Troopers," 26 episodes of "Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation," and 88 episodes of "Beetleborgs."

The "Power Rangers" are the big "get" in the deal. The agreement does not include rights to the assorted, long-running cartoon versions of "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Rather it involves a live-action show featuring the martial arts wielding turtles that debuted in 1997 and lasted for a year.

"VR Troopers" focuses on a group of teenage superheroes who use virtual reality to fight crime, while "Beetleborgs" also involves a group of adolescent superheroes.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)

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