Mobile-based, non-verbal comedy Chop Chop Ninja Challenge from Montreal companies Sardine Productions and Gamerizon has been picked up by a number of global broadcasters from the series’ Barcelona-based distributor GoldBee.
Nickelodeon International has taken the pay-TV and non-exclusive VOD rights to the Teletoon Canada-commissioned 40 x 1.5-minute animated series and will air the program on its channels across the UK and continental Europe, Russia, Central Europe, Turkey, Israel, South East Asia and Africa.
In a second deal, one of China’s largest digital platforms, iQIYI, has secured the non-exclusive SVOD rights to the series, which generated more than 10 million views in its first two weeks on the platform.
Broadcasting partners already signed on for the series include Disney (Australia, New Zealand, Latin America), VRT (Belgium), NRK Super (Norway) and Indosiar (Indonesia).
The new deals increase the series’ reach to more than 100 territories.
Chop Chop Ninja Challenge is based on the bestselling Chop Chop mobile game franchise from developer Gamerizon that has generated more than 17 million downloads on the Apple App Store, with the top three markets being Canada, China and the US.
In each episode of the slapstick TV series, four ninjas must complete a challenge in three tries, but they fail miserably every time.
The series is also supported by two online games that launched on Teletoon Canada’s website in fall 2015.
GoldBee, under MD Christophe Goldberger, holds the international distribution rights for the property (excluding Iberia and Latin America).