“CHOP CHOP NINJA” TO LAUNCH IN CHINA AND PREMIERE ON NICKELODEON IN RUSSIA
Barcelona – Montreal – August 27, 2019
China-based WeKids has acquired the exclusive TV and non-linear rights of adventure-comedy “Chop Chop Ninja” for Mainland China from distributor GoldBee. The series, which follows the successful run of the “Chop Chop Ninja Challenge” fillers in China on iQiyi, Tencent, Youku and Tudou, will start airing later this year.
Following the successful launch of “Chop Chop Ninja” on Nickelodeon in Southeast Asia last November, Nickelodeon International has also picked up the full series (40×11’) – plus an accompanying short form series (40×1.5’) – for its pay TV and SVOD platforms in Russia and CIS. The series has also previously aired on Nickelodeon networks and platforms in Italy, the Middle East and Africa. Produced by Montreal’s Sardine Productions & Gamerizon Studio, “Chop Chop Ninja” was originally commissioned by Corus Entertainment for its French and English Teletoon networks and successfully premiered on both in Canada last October.
Christophe Goldberger, GoldBee’s Managing Director: “We are thrilled to contribute to Chop Chop Ninja’s growth, from a global mobile game success to a strong television and digital series.”
Ghislain Cyr, President of Sardine Productions, and Producer of “Chop Chop Ninja”: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome these new partners onboard. Thank you to all our Canadian & International partners for making this series a worldwide success!”
“Chop Chop Ninja” follows the adventures of rookie Iro and his three best friends at the Ninja Academy. From fighting baddies to mastering the ninja art of stillness, Iro applies ninja technique, attitude, and most of all heart, to everything he does.
They are called upon to defend the Academy, the City of Rizon and worlds beyond from any wrong doing. Because Iro and friends have not completed their training yet, their journeys, and how they are dealt with, are often silly and light hearted. Throughout their adventures, they will discover the true values of being a great Chop Chop Ninja.
The series was produced jointly with an interactive online game “Chop Chop Ninja Academy” where kids have to rescue Master Enoki from captivity. The players can choose between the four ninjas and explore different “Chop Chop Ninja” worlds all while defeating baddies along the way.
The property is supported by the Bell Fund, the Canadian Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, the CPTC and the SODEC.