Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Power Rangers" Creator Haim Saban Receives Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Haim Saban has today been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in television!

Television personality Simon Cowell and music producer and songwriter David Foster are set to join Saban in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony comes two days before the release of the feature film Saban’s Power Rangers, whose cast attend the ceremony.


Producer and Power Rangers creator Haim Saban touches his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at a ceremony on March 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California, where he received the 2,605th Star in the category of Television

Saban is the creator and producer of the iconic long-running Power Rangers franchise, which debuted on American television in 1993 as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on the Fox Kids Network.


The original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"

The series is currently in its 24th season, now airing on Nickelodeon in the USA, making it one of the longest running and most-watched children’s action series in television history. It also spawned one of the top-selling boys action toy lines in the U.S.


Fans in Power Rangers costummes attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony for producer and Power Rangers creator Haim Saban on March 22, 2017

Saban is a native of Alexandria, Egypt. He immigrated to Israel when he was 12 years old, attending agricultural school, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and building a tour promotion business.


The cast of "Power Rangers Ninja Steel", the latest generation of Power Rangers

Saban moved to France in 1975 where he established an independent record company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1983, starting a chain of recording studios and forming Saban Productions, which would be renamed in 1988 as Saban Entertainment, an international television, production, distribution and merchandising company.

The company produced a string of successful animated television series for children, several based on Marvel Comics characters.

Saban formed Saban Capital Group, which in 2003 led a group of investors that acquired a controlling stake in ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Germany’s largest broadcasting group. SCG sold the group’s controlling stake in the company in 2007 to private equity firms KKR and Permira.

SCG teamed with Apax Partners and Arkin Communications in 2005 to acquire a controlling stake in Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp., Ltd., as part of the government’s privatization of the company.

SCG also teamed with a group of investors in 2007 to acquire the Spanish- language media company Univision Communications Inc.

Saban was listed 660th place in Forbes The World's Billionaires 2017 List, released on Monday 20th March 2017. Saban has an estimated net worth of $3 billion.

Saban's star is the 2,605th unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To celebrate Saban's achievement, Bill and Hillary Clinton wrote to longtime friend and political ally Haim Saban congratulating him on receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!:

"Dear Haim:

Congratulations on receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

This well-deserved honor is not only a testament to your decades of groundbreaking contributions in the entertainment industry, but to your enduring generosity and efforts to advance good causes across American and around the world. You have dedicated yourself to giving others the chance to build a life as fascinating and rewarding as your own, and we are profoundly grateful to count you and Cheryl among our closest friends. Thank you for all that you continue to do to make our world a better place.

Congratulations again, and all our best wishes, as always.

Sincerely,

Bill
Hillary"

A huge congratulations to Haim Saban on his incredible achievement! :)

From AFP via Daily Mail Online:

'Power Rangers' creator Haim Saban hits out at Trump

Entertainment mogul Haim Saban, creator of the "Power Rangers" empire, was honored Wednesday for services to television -- and used the occasion to berate President Donald Trump for his immigration policies.

The 62-year-old Israeli-American billionaire, who turned the teen superhero franchise into one of the longest-running children's shows of all time, was receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when his thoughts turned to Trump.

"I'm heartbroken (at) the breaking up of families, the way it's happening right now," he told AFP of the president's crackdown on undocumented migrants and court-challenged 90-day ban on entry to the United States by people from six Muslim-majority countries.

"It's a very saddening thing, it's not who we are as Americans. We are not that."

Saban, a father of four children and native of Alexandria, Egypt, moved to Israel when he was 12, attending agricultural school, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and building a tour promotion business.

He moved to France in 1975 where he began his media career, before relocating to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and creating Saban Entertainment, a producer and distributor of television programs.

"From playing bass guitar in a covers band in Israel... to my various partnerships with media companies, investment companies, governments et cetera all over the world, I've been extremely lucky," Saban told fans on Hollywood Boulevard.

"None of it is -- was -- ever taken for granted. Au contraire, I count my blessings every day for a great America."

"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" -- a television series first shown in 1993 and now airing on Nickelodeon -- spawned one of the top-selling action toy lines in the United States and a $105 million "Power Rangers" movie is due to be released on Friday.

In 1995 Saban merged his company with the "Fox Kids" unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., giving his programs more global distribution.

When the Fox Family channel was sold to Disney in 2001, Saban pocketed some $1.7 billion and began his Saban Capital Group, a private equity firm specializing in media and entertainment.

Forbes Magazine ranked Saban as the 660th richest person in the world on Monday, with a net worth of some $3 billion.

Multi-millionaire music producer and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, who has worked with Saban on various projects over the years, described how he felt honored to have the mogul as a friend and business colleague.

"He's scary -- he taught me how to be scary -- but he is the most loyal person," 57-year-old Cowell said.

More Power Rangers: Amazon’s Twitch Will Stream More Than 800 "Power Rangers" Episodes Over 17 Days for Free!

Sources: Los Angeles Daily News, LA West Media, TV3 Xposé.
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