FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has announced it has acquired the North American rights to stream TV episodes based on one of the most renowned international anime properties of all time, Yu-Gi-Oh! from Konami Cross Media NY, Inc, (“KCM”), a member of the Konami Group. The deal grants AVOD streaming rights for the FilmRise Streaming Network, including all FilmRise owned and operated Apps and FAST Channels. The announcement was made today by Max Einhorn, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Production at FilmRise.
“Adding Yu-Gi-Oh! to our content offering is a major step forward for FilmRise in our aim to offer fans the opportunity to watch their favorite anime programs for free. This iconic Japanese property, will be featured alongside other beloved anime content, on our FilmRise Anime channel a growing new destination for North American anime fans,” said Einhorn.
Kristen Gray, president of Konami Cross Media said, “We are excited to partner with FilmRise to expand the reach of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series to fans on their successful and rapidly growing FilmRise Streaming Network.”
The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is based on the manga series that inspired a trading card game played with monsters, spells, and traps, several video games, the television series and more. The FilmRise video streaming package includes 808 episodes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series in English, and 541 dubbed in Spanish. It includes Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (236 eps x 30 min); Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (155 eps x 30 min); Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (123 eps x 30 min); Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (146 eps x 30 min) and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (148 eps x 30 min). The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, VP of Global Content Acquisitions, FilmRise and Mark Kirk, SVP of Distribution at KCM.