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ABC has teamed up with Mark Burnett, producer of the popular television shows Survivor and The Apprentice, for a new series that offers a bailout to struggling entrepreneurs.
The network has ordered seven episodes of Burnett's Shark Tank, an adaptation of the U.K. reality hit Dragon's Den, in which eager entrepreneurs present their business ventures to five multimillionaire tycoons. The inventors have to convince the investors (the "sharks") to part with the requested amount of their own money, or the inventors leave empty handed.
Shark Tank marks the first collaboration between ABC and Burnett, who has popular shows on the other three major broadcast networks but has never had a series on ABC. The network and prolific producer hope the project strikes a chord with viewers given the current economic climate.
"People are looking to be entrepreneurs to get ahead, yet there's no way anybody can go into a bank right now and get a loan," said Burnett, "For these entrepreneurs, these sharks are their last stop." For casting information, contact Lindsay Spaulding, casting director at (310) 903-5680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an InventHelp® client, and would like us to submit your name and patented invention to the show, call InventHelp at (412) 288-2136 x4159. We're also proud of our InventHelp and INPEX® clients, Jodi Pliszka and Francisco Patino, who a few seasons ago, made it to the top twelve of ABC's other reality show featuring inventors, American Inventor.