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Dick Clark signs on for memory competition special

Santa Monica-based prodco Dick Clark Productions is partnering with the World Memory Championships and the USA Memory Championship (pictured) for a TV special covering the memory-challenging events.
May 23, 2014

Santa Monica-based prodco Dick Clark Productions is partnering with the World Memory Championships and the USA Memory Championship (pictured) for a TV special covering the memory-challenging events.

Participants in the two competitions face off in a number of tournament-style events including the memorization of names and faces, numbers, cards and poems. No broadcaster has been named for the special.

The USA Memory Championship was covered for the first time on television last July in U.S. net Science Channel’s Memory Games special, produced by High School Moms firm Rize USA and Sharp Entertainment. The program came after Rize USA penned a deal with the USA Memory Championship for exclusive worldwide broadcast rights for five years.

A spokesperson for parent company Discovery Communications said Science will not be going ahead with another Memory Games special this year. It is unclear whether the deal between Rize USA and the USA Memory Championship is still in place. Representatives from Rize USA and Sharp Entertainment did not respond to requests for comment at press time.

The World Memory Championships, founded in 1991, were held in London in 2013, drawing 32 countries and 120 mental athletes who participated in 10 disciplines over three days of competition. This year’s event will take place in China in December.

Meanwhile, the USA Memory Championship, launched in 1997, held their last event in New York City in March.

“The World Memory Championships has an incredible 22-year history as the world stage for mental athletes to compete and push themselves to be the very best in the world, while the USA Memory Championship has established a remarkably exciting and audience friendly format,” said Mike Mahan, president of Dick Clark Productions, in a statement.

“The production will combine the enormous ‘wow’ factor of watching these mental athletes perform with unique challenges for home audiences, creating a heart-pounding, family-friendly event special,” the exec added.

Executive producers on the special include Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Barry Adelman, Richard Kaufman Lynn Williams and Raymond Keene. The USA Memory Championship’s Marshall Tarley and Anthony Dottino will serve as co-executive producers.

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