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Shots Studios
Founders John Shahidi, Sam Shahidi
Headquarters San Francisco, CA

Shots Studios, is a US entertainment company established in 2016 by John Shahidi and Sam Shahidi. The company operates as a record label, talent management, film and music production company, event management and multi-channel network.

The company is home to artists Alesso, Anitta, Anwar Jibawi, Hannah Stocking, Inanna Sarkis, Lele Pons and Rudy Mancuso.


Investor Justin Bieber invited Rudy Mancuso to be the opening act on the Purpose World Tour in March 2017. [1]

In July 2017, Shots Studios signed Anitta, a 24 year old Brazilian singer.[2]


In October 2015, the company launched the Awkward Puppets, an original show in partnership with comedian and internet star, Rudy Mancuso.[3][4]

In 2016, Shots Studios launched YouTube channels with internet stars Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso, Hannah Stocking, Inanna Sarkis and Anwar Jibawi.[5]

As of August 2017, Shots Studios channels generate over 60 million daily views with an average watch through rate of 80%.[6]


The company launched as RockLive in 2009 by video game creators and brothers, John Shahidi and Sam Shahidi, the company started as a mobile gaming company called RockLive and after a large investment from Justin Bieber in 2013. The company investors also include Floyd Mayweather, King Bach, Marlon Wayans, Omar Epps, Shervin Pishevar, WI Harper, Upfront Ventures and DCM Ventures.

In November 2013, RockLive released a social network called the Shots app, the app was removed from the App Store (iOS) in 2016. [7]

RockLive renamed to Shots Studios and became a digital studio in 2016. . [8] [9]

On April 20, 2016 it was announced that Shots Studios purchased the Mindie app.[10]

Mike Tyson[edit]

In 2011, the company launched a video game called Mike Tyson's Main Event.

in 2016, Shots Studios partnered again with Tyson and launched a YouTube channel together.[11] The channel includes parody music videos and comedy sketches.[12]

Mobile Apps[edit]

The company has developed the Camcorder app and Shots app; in April 2016, Shots Studios acquired the music app, Mindie. [13]

Twitter, Inc.[edit]

After Twitter CEO, Anthony Noto accidentally tweeted a message about an acquisition for Twitter, a source close to the company confirmed that Twitter is looking to aquire Shots Studios for $150 million .[14][15] [16]

CEO, John Shahidi stated to Fox News that the company is not for sale at the time.[17]


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  2. ^ David Rishty (July 30, 2017). "Brazilian Singer Anitta Signs With Shots Studios for Management: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
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  4. ^ Madeline Berg (December 7, 2016). "How Shots Studios Wants To Use Data To Create The Next Digital Star". forbes. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
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  6. ^ Todd Spangler (February 24, 2017). "Mike Tyson, YouTube Comedy Star? Ex-Boxer Joins Shots Studios’ Creator Network". variety. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
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  8. ^ Josh Constine, Katie Roof (6 October 2016). "Shots Studios rebrands from selfie app to social star video factory". TechCrunch. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Alex Kantrowitz (6 October 2016). "Justin Bieber-Backed Shots Prioritizes Making Video For Other Platforms". BuzzFeedNews. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
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  16. ^ Josh Constine, Katie Roof (6 October 2016). "Shots Studios rebrands from selfie app to social star video factory". TechCrunch. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
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