Adness Press Release

Adness shows method with US Kamen deal

LA-based start-up producer Adness Entertainment is poised to seal a US cable deal for its adaptation of the Japanese hit children's series Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.

Originally produced for Japanese TV channel MBS by Toei Company, Kamen Rider is a 35-year-old live-action series that has so far clocked up 790 episodes, 17 series and 21 movies.

Now, after a deal with Toei for rights to the show outside Asia, Adness is in production on 40 episodes of a US version, which it is financing itself in time for a fall 2008 debut.

The show follows a teenager who finds a mysterious card that turns him into a powerful warrior in another dimension. Once there he discovers his missing father may be the hostage of an evil general.

Though the show is visually similar to Power Rangers, another perennial Toei franchise, Adness VP of international sales Daniel Castaneda said the target demographic was different.

"Power Rangers is aimed at four- to eight-year-olds, while Kamen Rider is for six- to 14-year-olds," he said. "We're finalising a US deal right now and are starting to pitch the show to channels in Europe."

Adness is shopping the show to UK and French channels, but Castenada is looking to sew up representation deals to take the show into other markets such as Spain, Germany and the Nordic region.

A movie based on the series is also something that Adness is planning, possibly for 2009. "This will all depend on the ratings data we get from the US channel," Castenada said.

Adness director of licensing Takeshi Okajima is spinning off the North and South American L&M programme for Kamen Rider, as well as the company's recently acquired Mexican property Crack & Bonky.

Following two friends from another dimension who try to mimic human behaviour, the property launched through Mexican website Chicabum and became popular via downloadable wallpapers, animated shorts and ringtones.

Adness has North American and Asian rights to the CGI property and has already finalised licensing deals for apparel, toys and stationery. Castaneda said plans were afoot in Japan to produce Flash animated shorts based on the two characters
 

Momotaros

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I'm just glad where getting some type of live action show out here with no more power rangers. going to need some thing to watch. who knows if it does well,maybe this company will buy the sentai footage as well.
 
What are the odds that Adness can get their hands on Sentai footage as well. If Disney really goes through with this animation thing, they wouldn't have the need for it. There would be a few drawbacks like losing the title "Power Rangers" and probably rebooting continuity, but other than that, it'd still be able to continue. Something to consider. Even if we miss a year, I could see it happening.
 

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What are the odds that Adness can get their hands on Sentai footage as well. If Disney really goes through with this animation thing, they wouldn't have the need for it. There would be a few drawbacks like losing the title "Power Rangers" and probably rebooting continuity, but other than that, it'd still be able to continue. Something to consider. Even if we miss a year, I could see it happening.

Not likely? The thing to remember is that even if Disney doesn't use the footage, they are still more than likely going to have rights to use Super Sentai and it's likenesses. Just because they aren't going to use the live action footage doesn't necessarily mean Toei can just go and hand it over to someone else.

Disney may have "ruined PR" but they aren't stupid when it comes to business matters. I'm guessing that they know how to protect their stuff and I doubt Disney is going to allow someone else to have "Power Rangers" that compete with their own.

The only way someone else could get hold of future seasons of Super Sentai is if Disney and Toei worked out some sort of deal where Disney only had access to material from Zyuranger to Gekiranger and nothing else.
 

Sentaifan'07 Xman

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I'm just glad where getting some type of live action show out here with no more power rangers. Going to need some thing to watch. Who knows if it does well, maybe this company will buy the sentai footage as well.

By buying The Sentai footages, you mean actually dubbing the entire Super Sentai Series in English, which would be even cooler, if Disney never got their greedy hands on the PR Franchise. Unfortunatley, it will never happen and I still don't think this whole animation bullshit changes is ever gonna workout for the Power Rangers, they should have just cancelled the damn series completely. Anyway, I'm not happy with the fact that they jumped from March of next year to the fall. Oh well, I guess Adness needed some time to finish the production and they have to wait for the Writers' Strike to end.:disappoin
 
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Vigi-Kami

Now known as MythicFables
What about Faiz?

Just think of the toys!


...Although Hibiki could be nice. They might give the series a proper ending!
 

Undrave

CRETINS! ALL OF THEM!
What about Faiz?

Just think of the toys!


...Although Hibiki could be nice. They might give the series a proper ending!

Ryuki is WAY more Toyetic, it got more Riders and all their contracted monsters.

Sure Faiz got all the various gears for the kids to play with, but I think it's a better bet to start off small with action figures first.

If Disney go animate they might just create a whole new look for their Power Rangers, not based on any sentai (or just cave in and go back to the MMPR designs -- ).
 

DigDoug

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I agree with Undrave that Ryuki leaves much more open in terms of toys than any of the other Kamen Rider shows. Not only are they selling action figures and the weapons/belts, but they would probably also sell the cards in packs a la Magic/Pokemon/Yu-Gi-Oh/etc.. That alone would probably make them a ton of money.

Also, it's really too bad that it got pushed back to the fall, but if it means this show being really good and Kamen Rider gaining much wider recognition, then I think it's definitely worth it.
 

ForeverRed

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Now, after a deal with Toei for rights to the show outside Asia, Adness is in production on 40 episodes of a US version, which it is financing itself in time for a fall 2008 debut.

Oh dammit. Why Fall, 2008??

Great. We are gonna be stuck with Power Rangers with comedy crap, wire-fu and slow-mo.

I think there is a reason that two casts walked out and got two new casts, then reshot the first five episodes. If not, then I won't be surprised if it has to do with stupid writers strike.

while Kamen Rider is for six- to 14-year-olds," he said.

HECK YES!!!!!

Now, KRDK is gonna be like PRiS-PRWF type. Gotta love serious and mature.
 
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