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Endemol Shine NA inks “Beat Shazam” co-creator to overall deal

Endemol Shine North America has signed an overall production deal with Beat Shazam co-creator Wes Kauble. Under the deal, Kauble (pictured) will create original unscripted series and formats for the Los Angeles-based production ...
March 15, 2018

Endemol Shine North America has signed an overall production deal with Beat Shazam co-creator Wes Kauble.

Under the deal, Kauble (pictured) will create original unscripted series and formats for the Los Angeles-based production label with a focus on developing new game and competition series for the domestic and international markets.

All projects will be produced via Kauble’s newly launched Interrobang Entertainment banner.

Kauble previously served as SVP of development at Apploff Entertainment, where he was co-executive producer of the first two seasons of the Fox shiny floor game show, hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx.

Beat Shazam pits contestants against the popular music identification app in a twist on the “man vs. machine” trope. The format sees teams of two go up against each other in tests of their musical knowledge, and the team left standing competes against “the greatest musical mind on the planet.” Mark Burnett and MGM Television produce the series, alongside Apploff Entertainment.

Kauble’s production credits also include such international formats as Million Dollar Money Drop and Boom!in the U.S.

He is repped by Matt Horowitz at CAA.

“Wes has some great format ideas that we are already exploring for the U.S. market and hopefully can develop to take out globally, as well,” said Sharon Levy, president of unscripted and scripted television at Endemol Shine North America, in a statement.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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