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Shots Studios, Inc.
Formerly called
  • Rock Live, Inc. (2011–2014)
  • Shots Mobile, Inc. (2014–2016)
Industry MCN
Founded March 17, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-03-17)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Key people
  • John Shahidi
  • Sam Shahidi
  • Dathan Pattishall

Shots Studios, Inc. is an American entertainment company established in 2011 by John and Sam Shahidi. The company operates as a record label, talent management company, film and music production company, event management and multi-channel network.

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


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] On September 3, Anitta released her seductive first English-language single "Will I See You", a collaboration with a Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Poo Bear. The video has over 10 million views in its first 2 days on YouTube.[3] On October 13, Anitta released her second song in English "Is That For Me", in collaboration with Swedish Dj Alesso. The video also has more than 10 million views in its first 2 days on YouTube.

In September 2017, Shots Studios signed Alesso, a Swedish DJ and producer.[4] Alesso collaborated with Hailee Steinfeld and released a new song "Let Me Go" ft. Florida Georgia Line and Watt on September 8, 2017.[5]


In October 2015, the company launched the Awkward Puppets, an original show in partnership with comedian and internet star, Rudy Mancuso.[6][7]

In 2016, Shots Studios launched YouTube channels with internet stars Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso, Hannah Stocking, Inanna Sarkis and Anwar Jibawi.[8]

As of August 2017, Shots Studios channels generate over 60 million daily views with an average watch through rate of 80%.[9]


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, Ben Parr, 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.[10]

RockLive renamed to Shots Studios and became a digital studio in 2016.[11][12]

On April 20, 2016 it was announced that Shots Studios purchased the Mindie app.[13]

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.[14] The channel includes parody music videos and comedy sketches.[9]

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 acquire Shots Studios for $150 million.[15][16][11]

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


  1. ^ "The Online and Offline Success of Rudy Mancuso". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  2. ^ David Rishty (July 30, 2017). "Brazilian Singer Anitta Signs With Shots Studios for Management: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ Matt Medved (Sep 4, 2017). "Anitta Celebrates Poo Bear's Birthday With New Single 'Will I See You'". Billboard. Retrieved Sep 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Matt Medved , David Rishty (September 5, 2017). "Swedish Star Alesso Signs With Shots Studios for Management: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kat Bein (September 7, 2017). "Alesso Teases Tropical 'Let Me Go' With Hailee Steinfeld, Florida Georgia Line: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Constine, Josh. "More Than A Selfie App, Shots Produces Original Videos With Puppets (And Bieber)". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Madeline Berg (December 7, 2016). "How Shots Studios Wants To Use Data To Create The Next Digital Star". forbes. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Inverso, Emily. "21st Century Funny: How Bart Baker, John Shahidi And The Fine Brothers Make It Big". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Todd Spangler (February 24, 2017). "Mike Tyson, YouTube Comedy Star? Ex-Boxer Joins Shots Studios' Creator Network". variety. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Justin Bieber-backed photo app Shots gave up on selfies and now manages internet stars". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Josh Constine, Katie Roof (6 October 2016). "Shots Studios rebrands from selfie app to social star video factory". TechCrunch. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Alex Kantrowitz (6 October 2016). "Justin Bieber-Backed Shots Prioritizes Making Video For Other Platforms". BuzzFeedNews. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Constine, Josh. "Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Mike Tyson Records Diss Track ... 'Thoulja's Going Down!' (AUDIO)". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  15. ^ Cwalinski, Kristin (25 November 2014). "Twitter has talked to Bieber-backed Shots: Source". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ Roof, Katie (25 November 2014). "CEO of Shots 'Not Focused on Selling'". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 

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