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RYAN POTTER
Mike Fukanaga on Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas

Ryan Potter stars as Mike Fukanaga, an average high school student who discovers he is descended from a long line of ninjas, in Supah Ninjas, premiering Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Ryan was born in Oregon and raised in Tokyo, Japan until age seven when his family returned to the United States. Skilled in several martial art disciplines, the 15-year-old performed many of the action sequences in the Supah Ninjas pilot himself. Potter began training in White Tiger kung fu at age eight and is currently working on earning his brown sash.

After receiving a leaflet at his kung fu class announcing the casting call for Supah Ninjas, Ryan put the flyer in his bag without a second thought. After a few days, Potter became excited about the idea of pursing his dream of becoming an actor decided to give it a shot and landed the series regular role.

Potter earned the nickname "Iron Ryan" for taking a full body collision with a much larger player when protecting home plate as catcher for his baseball team. He also enjoys skateboarding, playing the drums and reading manga, Japanese comics. He is looking forward to traveling overseas and returning to Japan.  

 

CARLOS KNIGHT
Owen on Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas

Carlos Knight stars as Owen, Mike Fukanaga’s wisecracking sidekick and best friend, in Supah Ninjas, premiering Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

A Columbia, South Carolina native, Knight has guest-starred in the television series Southland and his guest appearance on ER as a suicidal teen earned the performer a 2009 Young Artist Award.

The 17-year-old Knight credits his older sister, Tasha, for introducing him to acting. While accompanying her to an audition, Knight decided he wanted to try out as well and, surprisingly, landed the role of David in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Since then he has performed in several community theater productions including “Footloose” and “The Wiz.” For inspiration, Knight looks to his favorite actors and comedians, which include Al Pacino, Will Smith, Ray Romano, Mike Epps, Chris Tucker, Kevin Hart and Mitch Hedberg.

Knight’s favorite school subjects are Math and Culinary Arts. He is also proficient in computers and would often be called on to help his elementary school teachers with their IT issues. Knight also developed an interest in robotic engineering after receiving a toy robot as a gift. In his free time, Knight enjoys playing basketball, football as well as developing his skills on the drums and keyboard. He also enjoys writing screenplays, making short films with his friends and writing music.  

 

GRACIE DZIENNY
Amanda on Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas

Gracie Dzienny stars as Amanda, a smart, savvy and resourceful teenager skilled in the disciple of martial arts, in Supah Ninjas, premiering Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, the 15-year-old Dzienny is the youngest of three siblings and began modeling at the age of five after winning a Loreal contest. Dzienny’s modeling career took her to New York where she continued modeling and began appearing in commercials. Gracie likes acting because she enjoys the challenge of playing different characters.

In addition to acting, Dzienny studies tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop and has won numerous regional and national dance awards and scholarships. In her free time she enjoys making music videos with her friends, baking and shopping.  

 

BRIAN ROBBINS
Executive Producer of Supah Ninjas

Brian Robbins is executive producer of Supah Ninjas, premiering on Nickelodeon Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Robbins’ career in Hollywood as a filmmaker, television producer and actor has spanned three decades. He is currently executive producer of the Disney Channel hit series Sonny with a Chance, and the Spike TV series Blue Mountain State, about to begin its second season on the network. He also produced through his Varsity Pictures entertainment company Nickelodeon’s 2010 smash hit original TV movie Fred: The Movie. Based on one of the most popular internet characters of all time, Fred: The Movie drew 8.7 million total viewers and averaged a 17.8/3.8 million K6-11 and 13.0/4.6 million K2-11, landing the two-hour premiere the top spot as the number-one TV cable movie with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11. The Nickelodeon TV movie also ranks as the year’s number-two entertainment telecast (behind iCarly’s “iSaved Your Life”) with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11 on all TV.

Robbins began his career as an actor, appearing on several hit television series in the 1980s including his role as Eric Mardian on ABC’s Head of the Class. He continued to write, produce and direct television shows and feature films including the documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, which won the prestigious Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. Robbins also received a DGA Award for directing Nickelodeon's Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal.

In 1996, Robbins and Michael Tollin founded Tollin Robbins Productions and for the next 11 years, produced together several popular television series including One Tree Hill, entering its eighth season, and Smallville marking its tenth season—both on the CW network. The duo also produced such hit series as Arli$$, The Amanda Show, What I Like About You, Kenan & Kel, All That, and the ESPN mini-series The Bronx is Burning. They also produced several feature films including Coach Carter, Big Fat Liar, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, Summer Catch and Radio.

Robbins’ box office hits include Norbit, starring Eddie Murphy; Wild Hogs with Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy; Varsity Blues; The Shaggy Dog; The Perfect Score; Hardball; and Good Burger, based on a popular skit from Nickelodeon's long-running sketch comedy series, All That. He is currently in post production on A Thousand Words starring Eddie Murphy.

 

LEO CHU and ERIC S. GARCIA
Creators and Executive Producers of Supah Ninjas

Leo Chu and Eric S. Garcia are creators and executive producers of Supah Ninjas, premiering Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Emmy-nominated duo Leo Chu and Eric S. Garcia were executive producers and show runners of the hit animé series Afro Samurai starring Samuel L. Jackson, which ran for two seasons on Spike TV. They recently expanded the franchise by writing and executive producing the television movie Afro Samurai: Resurrection also starring Lucy Liu, which made history as the first animé project to ever win a primetime Emmy Award.

Their recent writing credits include Pond Scum, a film based on their original pitch for Sony Pictures Animation, the next installment of the Scooby Doo franchise for Warner Bros. Animation, and the adaptation of My Neighbors The Yamadas for Disney and Studio Ghibli—the studio founded by legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. They also served as writers and producers for MTV’s hugely successful Rock The Vote/Choose or Lose campaign.

 

 

 
 
     

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