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Kent Weed

Executive Producer, "American Ninja Warrior"

Kent Weed brings a well-rounded and expansive array of expertise to A. Smith & Co. Productions which he co-founded with longtime friend Arthur Smith in 2000.  As president of the company, Weed serves as an executive producer on all A. Smith & Co. shows and directs many of the company’s projects. Weed received a DGA nomination for "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," and the "Rose d’Or" award for best reality show in 2009.  He also directed "Crash Course" for ABC, as well as "The Swan," "Skating with Celebrities," "I Married a Stranger" for FOX, and "Cookalong Live" with Gordon Ramsay for FOX.

Prior to A. Smith & Co. Productions, Weed founded and ran his own production company, W.A.V.E Productions, which produced dance and music videos as well as over 22 infomercials. W.A.V.E also produced the internationally popular variety extravaganza "Paris by Night."

Before W.A.V.E., Weed leveraged his years of experience as a variety-format television director by expanding into other areas of programming and formats including the talk genre with Dennis Prager, the comedy genre with the syndicated sketch shows "The Newz" and "Roundhouse" for Nickelodeon, and the game genre directing over 225 episodes of "To Tell the Truth."  Weed directed episodes in the earliest days of the reality genre with shows like "Pure Insanity," "Made in the USA," and "Fantasies of the Stars."  Weed also took on the producing responsibilities for many of the television shows he became involved with including "The World Music Awards" and "Champions of Magic" for ABC; comedy shows such as "Haywire" for FOX and "Comedy Classics" for CBS; and reality projects such as "Made in the USA" for NBC.

Weed was born into a well-established entertainment family.  His father, Gene, was a famous disc jockey and successful producer and director for Dick Clark Productions.  Weed made an early start in television production and by his early twenties headed a cable production company where he produced over 300 hours of programming each year.  By his mid–twenties, Weed established himself as a premiere variety-format television director with his work on the highly rated "The Smothers Brothers Thanksgiving Special" and "The World’s Greatest Magic" for NBC.  He directed large scale productions such as "Farm Aid" for ABC and hours of magic specials including "Lance Burton," "Champions of Magic," "Wildest Magic on Earth," and "Houdini’s Secrets Unlocked."