Shark Tank airs August 9th on ABC at 8pm.
You can still submit your Invention to the show.Links:
EMAIL US AT: SharkTankCasting@yahoo.com
Please include your name, age, contact info, a recent photo, and a brief, NON-CONFIDENTIAL description of your idea.
Detailed Information about the show from the website: inthesharktank.com
At his core, Mark Burnett is an entrepreneur who came to this country from his native U.K. to seek his fortune.
While he’s known for populating TV with reality series, none seem so close to his heart as “Shark Tank,” the ABC project about pitching and selling innovative ideas to investors.
“His is the perfect production company to handle this project, because that’s his spirit and that’s his personality,” says Manatt, Phelps and Phillips attorney Jordan K. Yospe, former general counsel and head of business and legal affair at Mark Burnett Prods. “To take nothing and create something is what Mark is all about.”
ABC tried this theme in 2006-07 with “American Inventor,” but that series never really took flight. The Alphabet is banking on Burnett’s knack for getting viewers invested in the contenders.
“Mark has really figured out a way to play out emotions in his characters,” says ABC’s John Saade, who heads alternative series, specials and latenight programming with Vicki Dummer. ” ‘Survivor’ is a big canvas, but it lives in the close-ups. And that’s where television excels.”
“Shark Tank,” scheduled for a Aug. 9 premiere, is an adaptation of the popular Japanese series “Dragons’ Den,” which then morphed into a U.K. version now currently airing Stateside on BBC America.
What appeals to Burnett in this economic climate is seeing the American spirit coupled with the opportunity of shucking the corporate harness.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of America, and right now people can barely get a mortgage, much less a small business loan,” Burnett says. “Here’s the ultimate opportunity to pitch wealthy investors (and get them) to part with their own money. We don’t use TV money. This is real money from the investors.”
London-born Burnett has a hardscrabble story made for Hollywood, building himself into the king of reality programming from working-class beginnings. He has been on both sides of the pitch table and believes the drama comes from people risking everything, not just the actual setup of pitching a product and picking a winner.
Each week of “Shark Tank” will be a closed-end episode where all, few or none of the contestants will sell their notions.
“This is a multifaceted drama about people putting everything on the line — their houses, their children’s college accounts — to fulfill a dream,” Burnett says. “It can be harsh when the investors say they don’t believe in your dream or thrilling when the sharks want your idea and will go up against each other to get it.”
ABC is set to premier Mark Burnett’s Shark Tank August 9th at 9pm, following the return of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (Coincidence I think not!) Episodes will continue on Sundays at 9 through August 23, after which it will shift to its regular time period of Tuesdays at 8 starting August 25.
Shark Tank is a new reality show where entrepreneurs must try to convince five multi-millionaire business tycoons to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they need to jumpstart their business’s. Each week, ambitious entrepreneurs from across the country will present their breakthrough business concepts, products, properties and services to the panel of ruthless investors. Their goal is to convince these merciless moguls to invest their own dollars in the concept. Convincing real-life millionaires to part with their own money is no easy task, because when the idea is poor, the Sharks will tear into the ill-prepared presenters and pass on the idea with a simple, “I’m out!,” sending them running for the exit. Entrepreneurs will be asked to give up a percentage of their companies’ equity to the Sharks in order to get the investment they need.Casting is still ongoing, so if you think you have what it takes to swim with the sharks then email SharkTankCasting@yahoo.com with your name, age, contact info, a recent photo, and a brief, NON-CONFIDENTIAL description of your idea. Tell them In The Shark Tank sent you.
Just one last note, be on the look out for scammers who may be taking advantage of would-be contestants during this casting process. You can never be too careful.Additional Information:
This is just a reminder that the first of four open casting calls for ABC’s Shark Tank will be taking place today (Saturday June 6th) in Los Angeles. Auditions well be take place at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown (map) between 9AM and 4PM make sure you arrive early. You will also need to fill out this application form.
Please be prepared to speak about the following in your casting interview:
1. What’s your name and your business?
2. How much money do you need from investors and why? Be specific. How will it be used?
3. What percentage of your company/idea/product are you willing to give up (e.g., 10%, 40%)?
4. What do you do for a living and where are you from?
5. When did you start inventing or become an aspiring entrepreneur? What influenced this decision?
6. Please describe your product/invention/business idea.
7. Make your pitch!
Examples of interesting information:
• What is it? Is it patented?
• How or why does it work? (Do a demonstration if you can.)
• What’s the market for this and why?
• How did you come up with the idea?
• Why is your idea the next best thing?
8. How much have you invested in your business? What would happen if you can’t get your business off the ground?
9. What does your business mean to you?
10. What is your ultimate goal for your business?
11. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
12. What do your family and/or friends think of your business?
Make sure you tell them that you learned about the casting call from InTheSharkTank.com, and send any pictures or stories about your day to InTheSharkTank@gmail.com
or Tweet us at twitter.com/SharkTankABC
Best wishes to all that apply