Shark Teeth bites into “Vegas Cakes”

The Toronto prodco's latest project, a family cake-baking series for Food Network in the U.S., debuts this week.
November 1, 2017

Food Network is set to premiere Vegas Cakes, a new factual series from Toronto prodco Shark Teeth Films.

The 10-episode half-hour baking show debuts Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. following Guy Fieri-fronted Guy’s Big Project.

Vegas Cakes is set at Freed’s Bakery in Las Vegas, a 58-year-old establishment known for its elaborate custom cake designs.

Shark Teeth, which has produced such factual series as Deep Sea Mysteries for Travel Channel and Okies vs. Aliens for National Geographic, was approached by Food Network to develop a family-focused cake show, like the network’s hit Ace of Cakes, which ran for 10 seasons until 2011.

After doing some digging, the prodco found the Freed family, whose bakery has been named the best in Las Vegas numerous times.

“It’s hard to find people who are not only amazing talent but who haven’t already been pitched,” said Shark Teeth exec producer Adrian Carter (pictured, right), who added that the network was looking for fresh faces to add to its lineup.

The prodco shot the pilot episode in April, after which Food Network greenlit nine more episodes. The series is produced by Shark Teeth cofounders Tom Mudd and Carter.

The producers told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback Daily that they have two additional series in development with the Food Network, one of which they hope will be fast-tracked to a pilot if Vegas Cakes performs well. In addition to Food Network, the company is also in development on two series for Bravo and History in the U.S.

“We tend to focus our efforts on the U.S. market, at least starting our pitches there,” said Mudd. “We find the Americans are a little more predictable, the speed of the market is a bit faster and they buy more.”

While the prodco hasn’t produced projects for Canadian companies in the last several years, they’re currently in development on a car-focused show for Discovery Canada.

This article originally appeared in Playback

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.