Kent Weed

Although best known for producing some of the most popular reality TV shows of the 2000s, Kent Weed also had a long and varied career as a television director. Since launching his directing career in the late 1980s ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (43)

Countdown at the Neon Armadillo 1993 - 1994, 2001 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

I'm Still Alive! 2001 - 2006, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Paradise Hotel 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Pros vs. Joes 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2010, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Skating With Celebrities 2003 - 2006, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Team Ninja Warrior 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The News Hole With Harry Shearer 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Swan 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

To Tell the Truth 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Wizard Wars 2001 - 2006, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Choice 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

I Survived A Japanese Game Show 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

The Swan: Where Are They Now? 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director

The 2002 World Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

The 2001 World Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

The 2000 World Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Champions of Magic III 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

The World's Greatest Magic V 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

That's Incredible! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

The 1998 World Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

The Champions of Magic II 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

The World's Greatest Magic IV 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Television's Comedy Classics 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

The 1997 World Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

The World's Greatest Magic III 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

The World's Wildest Magic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Lance Burton, Master Magician: The Legend Begins 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

The 1996 World Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

The Champions of Magic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

The World's Greatest Magic II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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WOW! The Most Awesome Acts on Earth 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

The World's Greatest Magic 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

When Stars Were Kids 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Fantasies of the Stars 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Pure Insanity! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

The Smothers Brothers Thanksgiving Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies (TV Show)

Segment Director
Producer (28)

American Gangster 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

American Ninja Warrior 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Celebrity Duets 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2007, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Ellen's Design Challenge 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Full Throttle Saloon 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Haywire 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2011, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Hell's Kitchen 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Kitchen Nightmares 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Trading Spaces 1987 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

World According to Paris 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2011, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Beat the Champions 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Save Our Business 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Chainsaw Gang 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hollywood House Calls with Cat Deeley 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Joe Rogan Questions Everything 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Surprise Inspection 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ultimate Car Build Off 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crash Course 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Harlem Globetrotters: A New Generation 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Hero's Welcome 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pat Croce: Moving In 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Forever Eden 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mad Mad House 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Made in the USA 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Too Young to Marry? (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (4)

Interceptor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Second Unit Director

Zoobilee Zoo 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Production

Dolly (TV Show)

Production

Biography

Although best known for producing some of the most popular reality TV shows of the 2000s, Kent Weed also had a long and varied career as a television director. Since launching his directing career in the late 1980s, Weed helmed numerous variety programs, including a revival of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS 1988-89), as well as several competition cooking shows. However, producing is where Weed really made his mark in Hollywood, and in 2013 four of his primetime reality shows were airing on television simultaneously, thus making him one of the most successful television producers of his generation. The son of a prominent disc jockey father who later went on to have a successful directing career of his own, Weed began directing TV variety programs and music awards shows in his mid-20s. However, by the late '90s, Weed wanted to have a bigger role in the shows he was directing and set out to become a producer. In 2000 he started the A. Smith Production Company, along with his longtime friend Arthur Smith. Although it got off to a slow start, by the mid-2000s Weed's company had produced several primetime reality shows, including "The Swan" (Fox 2004), "Pros Vs. Joes" (MTV2 2006-2010), and "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox 2005- ), the last of which starred celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Weed and his company continued its string of successful reality shows in the 2010s, producing "Kitchen Nightmares" (an adaptation of a show Ramsay had hosted in his native U.K.) and "American Ninja Warrior" (G4 2009- and NBC 2012- ). In addition to producing, Weed also served as director on several of his shows, including "The Swan" and "Kitchen Nightmares." In 2012 he directed a few episodes of the dating game show "The Choice" (Fox 2012- ), while also serving as the show's executive producer.

Relationships

Gene Weed Director

Father

Milestones

2013

Served as executive producer on several episodes of "American Ninja Warrior"

2006

Produced "Hell's Kitchen," starring Gordon Ramsay

2004

Produced "The Swan" for Fox

2000

Co-founded A. Smith & Co. Production Company

1988

Directed various episodes of CBS's revival of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

Bonus Trivia

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Has produced several reality cooking competition shows starring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

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Started his career by directing music videos.

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Born into an established entertainment family; his father worked as a producer for Dick Clark.

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