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“American Ninja Warrior” franchise gets kid-friendly

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s kids network, Universal Kids, is bringing American Ninja Warrior Junior to air in the fall. Boys and girls in three age groups — 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 — ...
May 2, 2018

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s kids network, Universal Kids, is bringing American Ninja Warrior Junior to air in the fall.

Boys and girls in three age groups — 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 — will compete in obstacle courses such as the Sonic Swing, Spin Cycle, and the Warped Wall. The season will feature almost 200 competitors facing off in a tournament bracket competition.

As in the original, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila serve as hosts and will guide kids through the competition.

The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, along with Matt Cahoon.

“Over the past decade, we have seen a groundswell of support from our younger audiences, who have been clamoring for the chance to be a Ninja,” said Smith, in a statement.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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