American Ninja Warrior

About the Show

"American Ninja Warrior" leaps back for a seventh season this summer on NBC.

Matt Iseman returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network). Kristine Leahy (CBS Sports) joins this season as co-host. Original episodes air exclusively on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network.

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those who successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1,000,000. Although many have come close, no competitor has yet to achieve total victory and claim the prize.

"American Ninja Warrior" enjoyed an incredible sixth season that included breathtaking and history-making performances. Interest and enthusiasm continues to grow, with submissions up 10 times over last year. This season, more than 700 contestants are expected to come out to test their skills on the course. In addition to featuring some familiar classics, such as the Warped Wall and the Salmon Ladder, the show will introduce 23 new obstacles that call upon a competitor's endurance, balance and upper body and grip strength.

"American Ninja Warrior" 2015 kicks off with the first of the city qualifying rounds in Venice Beach, California. From there, the show travels to Houston, Kansas City, Universal Studios in Orlando and Pittsburgh before moving on to the highly anticipated Las Vegas finals shows. The series is also teaming with the nonprofit military veteran organization Got Your 6 to shoot two special episodes featuring an all-military cast of active-duty and retired personnel.

Based on the global hit "Sasuke" from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, the original series is now in its 31st season in Japan. To date, only three contestants have completed the Japanese course.

The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "Wizard Wars," "Ellen's Design Challenge"), along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm.

Cast Bios


Host: Matt Iseman

Host (Analyst): Akbar Gbajabiamila

Co-Host (Sideline Reporter): Kristine Leahy

Executive Producers: Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm

Co-Executive Producer: Kristen Stabile

Director: Patrick McManus

Coordinating Producer: Matthew Miller

Supervising Producers: David Markus, Briana Vowels, John Gunn, Royce Toni, J.D. Pruess, Matthew Silverberg, Max Poris

Challenge Producer: Trent Eaton

Story Producers: Justin Fisher, Sean McGann, Scott Eldin, A.J. D’Agostino, Meredith Fitzpatrick, Greg Cruser, Allison Mandell

Associate Producers: Matt Mowrer, Dez Hernandez, Hayley Williams, Em Sinick, Garrett Marks

Line Producer: Sean Fitzgibbons

Casting Director: Angelou Deign

Production Manager: Caitlin Parkin

Production Designer: Ryan Faught

Art Director: Michael Carney

Lighting Designer/DP: Adam Biggs

Stunts/Course Build: Travis McDaniel, John “JJ” Getskow