Production shingle A. Smith & Co., which former Fox Sports Net exec Arthur Smith and director-producer Kent Weed formed about a year ago, has sold pilots to cable nets FX and Game Show Network.
“Limoscene,” for FX, is a comedy-reality project set in a limousine, while “Telepathy,” a gamer for Game Show Network, tests people’s ability to mentally connect with each other.
The Santa Monica-based venture also is producing an investigative documentary miniseries for the History Channel, a Goo Goo Dolls performance show for MuchMusic and four internationally syndicated music events under the heading “Paris by Night.” It’s also developing a reality dating show set in a bar, “Cocktales.”
Smith and Weed met in the mid-1990s when Smith, then exec VP at Dick Clark Prods., hired Weed to direct an NBC spec called “When Stars Were Kids.”
Among their current projects is the daily Fox Sports Net series “You Gotta See This.” Company also produced Fox reality spec “When Animals Invade Your Home,” which premiered last month.
Smith was recruited to join Dick Clark Prods. from a career in sports television. He got his start at CBC Network Sports, moving up to the post of prexy of CBS Sports by the age of 28. Before forming A. Smith & Co., he was exec VP of programming, production and news at Fox Sports Net.
Weed, known largely for his work as a variety director-producer, also has worked in comedy, sketch and reality programming. Among his variety credits are “The Smothers Brothers Thanksgiving Special,” “The World Music Awards” and “Farm Aid.”