FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired the North American rights to a wide range of Japanese anime titles, headlined by more episodes of the “Yu- Gi-Oh!” franchise.
The deal with Konami Cross Media NY, part of Japan’s Konami Group, grants AVOD streaming rights for the FilmRise streaming network, including apps and free-to-air, ad-supported TV channels (FAST).
The Yu-Gi-Oh! The franchise is based on the manga series which inspired a collectible card game played with monsters, spells and traps, several video games and a television series.
“This iconic Japanese property will be showcased alongside other beloved anime content, on our FilmRise Anime channel, a growing new destination for North American anime fans,” said Max Einhorn, SVP FilmRise acquisitions and co-production.
The video streaming package includes 808 episodes of “Yu-Gi-Oh!” television series in English and 541 dubbed in Spanish. It includes “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters” (236 episodes x 30 min); “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX” (155 episodes x 30 min); “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D” (123 episodes x 30 min); “Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL” (146 episodes x 30 min); and “Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V” (148 episodes x 30 min).
FilmRise’s other recent anime deals include: one with Fuji Creative Corporation at Mip-TV, covering ‘Flame of Recca’, ‘Ghosts at School’, ‘GTO’, ‘Key: The Metal Idol’, ‘Thermal Romae’ and “Battery”; another with TMS (“Detective Conan”, “Lupin the Third”); with Nelvana (for “Beyblade” and “Bakugan”) and others with MVD and MediaBlasters.
Founded in 2012 by producers and financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein, FilmRise offers more than 50,000 licensed and originally produced, scripted and unscripted TV episodes and feature films. The company’s list includes: Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares”; the beloved Carsey-Werner sitcom “3rd Rock From the Sun”; true detective series “Unsolved Mysteries”; the high-tech documentary detective series “Forensic Files”; and classic American television series “The Rifleman”, “That Girl” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”.
Original FilmRise productions include the true crime series “Bloodline Detectives Hosted by Nancy Grace,” “Meet, Marry Murder With Michelle Trachtenberg,” and the PBS documentary series “Icon: Music Through the Lens.”