- White Belt
- Posts: 2
- Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:57 pm
- Location: nj
My experience auditoning for AI Season 2 was not worth the trouble.
I made it through all three of my auditions, received 3 yes's from the TV judges, and after completing filming and interviews for two days, I was told I was the New York Finalist. They even filmed me running up and down the streets of NY screaming "I am the New York Finalist". I watched the producers write "YES TV" on my audition papers, and it really looked like I was going to be on the show.
In the meantime, I sent copies of their contracts to three entertainment lawyers and one Patent attorney for review. All four said they were the worst, one sided contracts they had ever read, and advised me not to sign them.
All of the stuff that "the Producers" protect themselves for, in perpetuity, absolutely gives them the right to completely screw the inventor at their discretion. They say they won't, but it is still in the contracts.
I really needed the chance to show my invention worked, so I decided to sign the contracts anyways.
Two weeks later, I received a call from the producers telling me it would be a bit longer before they decided who would be the regional "finalist" for TV and California. I became concerned, because I thought it was definite.
I asked the producer if signing the contracts meant that I couldn't manufacture or sell my invention during the wait. He said I could not manufacture or sell my invention for the term of the contracts. I told the producer it would not be fair to me to have to stop selling or manufacturing my invention, unless I received a definite yes for the show. Afterall, it is my business. He said I am bound by the terms of the contract I signed.
I told him I had signed ALL of the contracts, including the AI winner contract, so did that mean I should get the $1MIL too? I guess he didn't like my sense of humor, or an inventors right to defend himself against extremely unfair, predatory contracts that are absolutely not in the best interest of the inventor.
They really do enforce their "NON NEGOTIABLE" clauses to the fullest extent. What am I saying, the entire contract(s) and every single aspect of the show and an inventor's future is non negotiable. Who ever heard of an inventor having to give up their rights with regards to a "licensing agreement" for their own invention!
Anyways, they called me back two weeks later and said I would not be the regional finalist for the show. DAH! I was extremely upset at their decision, but hoped that as NY finalist, I would be seen on the show as NY finalist anyways.
As I watched the show, it soon became clear that they did not show my segment at all! I did two days of filming and interviews for nothing!
They showed my face for one second, waiting in line!
Instead, they showed fifteen minutes of a guy in a cat suit, who wasn't even an inventor, and the guy with the toilet/urinal thing. I was the only guy in my entire group that did not get to be on the show.
In the end, it was a real shame that they chose to make the show a joke, rather than really helping inventors. I truly hope there is no AI season 3.
For the record. My invention actually works, and has been selling on my website and at trade shows since before the show. I have not had any luck getting my invention in stores, because I chose to manufacture in USA rather than China. At this point, I have had a rude awakening by the shear lack of support Americans have for American made inventions.
Everything an American inventor works for seems to come down to competing with 2 for $19.99 Chinese crap! Truth is, I would probably agree to manufacturing in China now, but simply can't afford to start over with new tooling and other costs associated with getting set up in China.