Shots Studios

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

Shots Studios commonly known as Shots, is a data-driven digital studio that produces online comedy videos and comedy music for Millennials and is distributed through multi-channels on YouTube and Spotify.

Millennial Comedy[edit]

Shots Studios has partnered and successfully helped the careers of internet comedians Hannah Stocking, Anwar Jibawi, Lele Pons and Rudy Mancuso.[1]

In October 2015, Shots Studios launched the Awkward Puppets, an original show in partnership with comedian and internet star, Rudy Mancuso.[2]

In 2016, Shots Studios launched YouTube channels with internet stars Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso, Lorenzo Cromwell and Anwar Jibawi.[3]

As of October 2016, Shots Studios channels generate over 2 million daily views with an average watch through rate of 78%.


Shots Studios was created 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, RockLive renamed to Shots Studios an became a digital studio.

In November 2013, Shots Studios released a social network called the Shots app. The app was removed from the App Store (iOS) in 2016. [4]

On April 20, 2016 it was announced that Shots Studios purchased the Mindie app.[5]

In 2016, Shots Studios launched a Multi-Channel Network (MCN) with the world’s largest digital media influencers, including Lele Pons and Rudy Mancuso to create videos and boost millions of views to their YouTube channels.[6] [7]

The company is backed by Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather, King Bach, Marlon Wayans, Omar Epps, Shervin Pishevar, WI Harper, Upfront Ventures and DCM Ventures.

Mike Tyson[edit]

After the Shahidi brothers worked on Mike Tyson's management team from 2009 - 2012, it was announced January 9, 2017 that Tyson is launching a YouTube channel with Shots Studios.[8] The channel includes parody music videos and comedy sketches.[9]

Mobile Apps[edit]

Shots Studios has developed the Camcorder app and Shots app. In April 2016, Shots Studios acquired the music app, Mindie. [10]

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 buy Shots Studios for $150 million .[11][12] [13]

CEO, John Shahidi stated to Fox News that the company is not for sale.[14]


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