Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Nickelodeon International Acquires 'Chop Chop Ninja' Pay-TV and SVOD Rights for Russia and CIS

GoldBee has inked a new agreement with Nickelodeon International that will see Chop Chop Ninja, an adventure-comedy series from Montreal’s Sardine Productions and Gamerizon Studio, as well its accompanying short-form series Chop Chop Ninja Challenge for its pay-TV and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) platforms in Russia and CIS! Both the full series and animated shorts will premiere after they have been dubbed into the local languages.

Chop Chop Ninja follows a rookie named Iro and his three best friends at the Ninja Academy, where they practice the arts of fighting villains and mastering stillness, among other ninja disciplines. When called upon to defend the Academy, the City of Rizon and worlds beyond, they set off on journeys in which they discover the true values of being a great Chop Chop Ninja.

Chop Chop Ninja (40 x 11-minute episodes plus 40 x 1.5-minute shorts) began airing in Southeast Asia on Nickelodeon networks and platforms back in November 2018. The series is currently rolling out on Nickelodeon channels in a number of other territories, including Italy, the Middle East and Africa. The series is aimed towards kids aged between 6-to-12 years-old.

In additional news, WeKids has also acquired the exclusive TV and nonlinear rights to Chop Chop Ninja for mainland China from distributor GoldBee. The comedy-adventure series’ arrival on WeKids in China later this year will follow the successful run of the Chop Chop Ninja Challenge fillers in the country on iQiyi, Tencent, Youku and Tudou.

Produced by Montreal’s Sardine Productions (ToonMarty) and Gamerizon Studio, Chop Chop Ninja was originally commissioned by Corus Entertainment for its French and English Teletoon networks, premiering on both in Canada last October. The property is supported by the Bell Fund, the Canadian Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, the CPTC and the SODEC.

Distributed by Spain’s GoldBee, the 2D-animated non-verbal slapstick shorts and have already been sold into more than 120 territories. The property was originally a mobile game with 10 different app iterations, and then the full series was jointly produced with interactive online game Chop Chop Ninja Academy.

Nickelodeon International previously acquired the pay-TV and non-exclusive Video on Demand (VOD) rights to the mobile-based, non-verbal animated comedy series for channels across the UK and continental Europe, Russia, Central Europe, Turkey, Israel, South East Asia and Africa in March 2016.

Christophe Goldberger, GoldBee’s managing director, said: “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, added: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome these new partners on board. Thank you to all our Canadian and international partners for making this series a worldwide success!”

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Original source: TVKIDS; Additional source: Kidscreen.
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