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TBS Licenses Global Streaming Rights to Ninja Warrior and Unbeatable Banzuke
Upon finalizing the agreement, TBS Media Business Division President Junko Abe commented, “Although Ninja Warrior has been broadcast in the US and many other countries, I am excited that this agreement will provide the opportunity for a new generation to enjoy the thrill of Ninja Warrior for the first time and a new way to experience the show for those who are already familiar with the series.”
G4 is a US cable network started in 2002, targeting the young male gamer demographic. Under the title of Ninja Warrior, they began broadcasting SASUKE late at night in 2006. Thanks to its skyrocketing popularity, it moved to a regular weekday primetime slot, becoming the network’s flagship show. Though G4 went off the air in 2014, the increasing number of gamers worldwide has spurred a network revival which has been announced for later this year.
“Ninja Warrior has one of the most loyal fanbases on the planet, as apparent by the thousands of messages we’ve received asking for it to come home to G4,” said Brian Terwilliger, VP of Programming and Creative Strategy for G4. “The sheer determination and willpower of those fans campaigning for its return rivals those of the competitors on the show itself,” continued Mr. Terwilliger.