New York, NYJanuary 7, 2020Universal Kids, the TV network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures, premieres an epic new season of Daytime Emmy-nominated “American Ninja Warrior Junioron Saturday, February 22 at 7pm ET/PT. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, return alongside new co-host Paralympian Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen, as the next generation of Ninja fans compete on the iconic course with dedication, determination and skill. For a sneak peak, please visit:

“American Ninja Warrior Junior” celebrates real kid athletes as more than 140 boys and girls from across the U.S., face off on head-to-head courses in three age brackets: 9 & 10, 11 & 12, and 13 & 14 year-olds. The junior ninjas will compete alongside the reigning champions and a few fan favorites from season one. New to the course for season two are 10 iconic American Ninja Warrior obstacles including the Shrinking and Floating Steps, the Little Dipper, Spider Walls, Double Tilt Ladders, Crazy Cliffhanger, the Block Run, Flying Squirrel, Wingnuts and Skyhooks. Each age group will be coached by All-Star Ninja mentors including Najee Richardson & Barclay Stockett (9 & 10 year-olds); Jessie Graff & Grant McCartney (11 & 12 years-olds) and Drew Drechsel & Meagan Martin (13 & 14 year-olds). In an exciting new twist this season, there will be four wildcard races per age bracket, where the two fastest Ninjas eliminated from the previous qualifiers will have another chance to move into the quarterfinals. Three final winners (one per age bracket) will ultimately be crowned “American Ninja Warrior Junior” Champions.

The American Ninja Warrior series is based on the global hit “Sasuke” from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, which has had 36 seasons in Japan. The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed along with Matt Cahoon.

The season premiere episode will be available on Universal Kids’ YouTube and digital platforms prior to the on-air premiere.

For more information please visit and Join the conversation at @UniversalKids using #ANWJR.

About Universal Kids

Universal Kids represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands. As a kid-focused ecosystem with great TV content at the center, Universal Kids is programmed for the 2-12 year old audience, with a fresh mix of animated content, unscripted entertainment, and proven international hits. Launched in September 2017 and available in over 59 million homes, Universal Kids is available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Universal Kids app.

About A. Smith & Co. Productions

A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 5,000 hours of award-winning programming, for more than 50 networks and platforms. Current productions include “American Ninja Warrior,” “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” “The Titan Games,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Mental Samurai,” “Unsung,” “American Gangster,” “NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown,” and “Welcome to Plathville.” Past hits include “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Death By Magic,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Wizard Wars,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Celebrity Duets,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “The Game of Dating,” “The Dunk King,” “Skating with Celebrities,” “Inside the Label,” and many others. For more information, visit

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