Science sets up “Memory Games”

(Updated) U.S. net Science has commissioned a primetime special looking at the 'USA Memory Championship,' to be produced by Rize USA and Sharp Entertainment.
March 5, 2013

UPDATED MARCH 6: U.S. net Science has commissioned Memory Games (working title), a primetime special produced by Rize USA and Sharp Entertainment.

The program will cover the ‘USA Memory Championship,’ an American event where competitors attempt to out-do each other to see who has the best memory.

“Through seven grueling rounds of memory competition, top mental athletes will attempt to push their memories to wild extremes, out-memorize the competition and be the last one standing,” according to billing provided by Rize. “The program will track the competition itself, while going behind the scenes and into the lives of the competitors, their strategies, secret training tactics, obstacles and personal dramas along the way.”

The commission comes after Rize USA penned a deal with American organization The USA Memory Championship to get exclusive worldwide broadcast rights for five years to cover the event for the first time on TV.

The company, which is behind High School Moms and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, has partnered with Sharp Entertainment (Extreme Couponing, Doomsday Preppers, Punkin’ Chunkin’) to produce the special.

Rize USA executive producer Sheldon Lazarus said: “This is our first commission for Science Channel and we hope this will be an annual primetime event for the channel. The tension throughout the games, the terrific characters and their mind-boggling prowess, all make for compelling television.”

The special is due to air later this year and was commissioned by Debbie Myers, Science Channel exec VP and general manager, and Brian Lavin, Science Channel senior manager.

The exec producers are Lazarus for Rize USA and Matt Sharp for Sharp Entertainment. The deal was brokered by Rize USA’s agent, Pierre Brogan at CAA.


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