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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.

About The Author
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.

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