Shark Teeth bites into Vegas Cakes

The Toronto prodco's latest project, a family cake-baking series for Food Network in the U.S., debuts this week.
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Food Network in the U.S. is set to premiere Vegas Cakes, a new factual series from Toronto prodco Shark Teeth Films.

The 10-episode half-hour baking show debuts Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. following Guy Fieri-fronted Guy’s Big Project. Vegas Cakes is set at Freed’s Bakery in Las Vegas, a 58-year-old establishment known for its elaborate custom cake designs.

Shark Teeth, which has produced such factual series as Deep Sea Mysteries for Travel Channel and Okies vs. Aliens for National Geographic, was approached by Food Network to develop a family-focused cake show, like the network’s hit Ace of Cakes, which ran for 10 seasons until 2011.

After doing some digging, the prodco found the Freed family, whose bakery has been named the best in Las Vegas numerous times.

“It’s hard to find people who are not only amazing talent but who haven’t already been pitched,” said Shark Teeth exec producer Adrian Carter (pictured, right), who added that the network was looking for fresh faces to add to its lineup.

The prodco shot the pilot episode in April, after which Food Network greenlit nine more episodes. The series is produced by Shark Teeth cofounders Tom Mudd and Carter.

The producers told Playback Daily that they have two additional series in development with the U.S. network, one of which they hope will be fast-tracked to a pilot if Vegas Cakes performs well. In addition to Food Network, the company is also in development on two series for Bravo and History in the U.S.

“We tend to focus our efforts on the U.S. market, at least starting our pitches there,” said Mudd. “We find the Americans are a little more predictable, the speed of the market is a bit faster and they buy more.”

While the prodco hasn’t produced projects for Canadian companies in the last several years, they’re currently in development on a car-focused show for Discovery Canada.