Cartoon Network US has picked up Mega Man from Canada’s DHX Media and L.A.-based Dentsu Entertainment.
The 3D-animated TV series, which the companies partnered to co-develop last May, is also slated to air on Family CHRGD in Canada. No release dates have yet been set.
Production on Mega Man is scheduled to begin this summer at DHX’s Vancouver studio. The series is aimed at children ages six to 11, as well as their parents who grew up with the original version of the property. It is written and executive produced by American writers’ collective Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex) in collaboration with DHX and Dentsu.
Launched initially in 1987, the Mega Man franchise has spawned more than 130 video games that have sold 31 million copies. The story centers on a schoolboy robot, who discovers that within his programming lies a secret protocol that allows him to transform into the Mega Man.
DHX is managing global distribution and licensing rights excluding Asia, where Dentsu is handling those activities.
Last week, DHX announced a partnership with UK kids channel CBBC to co-produce the 13-part live-action series Creeped Out, which is set to begin filming in the UK this month before relocating to Toronto in June.