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"Shark Tank" is a reality series from Mark Burnett, executive producer of "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," that gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and become successful — and possibly wealthy — business people. But the entrepreneurs must first try to convince five tough, multi-millionaire tycoons to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they need to jumpstart their ideas.

In these trying economic times, it's difficult for an individual possessing a dream or even a working small business poised for growth to get a loan for a risky venture. Whether it be an imaginative enhancement for an existing product, a family recipe that has all the ingredients to become a profitable culinary treat, or the latest technological gadget that could take the world by storm, most of these dreams die an early death because no one dared take a financial chance on someone with an unproven and oftentimes outrageous proposal. Many of these people now see "Shark Tank" as their last chance at success. Some have been laboring on their ideas for years or even decades, have invested large amounts of money, and are being pressured to throw in the towel by friends and family. Others have simply never had access to the means to live out their dreams, until now.

Enter the Sharks of "Shark Tank": Barbara Corcoran (Manhattan real estate titan), Kevin Harrington (king of infomercials), Robert Herjavec (technology tycoon), Daymond John (fashion mogul) and Kevin O'Leary (venture capitalist) — five multi-millionaires who lifted themselves up by their bootstraps to make their own entrepreneurial dreams come true and turned their ideas into empires.

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.

But these Sharks aren't just out for blood, they too have a goal: to own a piece of the next big idea. Entrepreneurs will be asked to give up a percentage of their companies' equity to the Sharks in order to get the investment they need. But when the Sharks hear a really top-notch idea, and more than one of them wants to sink their teeth into it, a war between them will erupt. Then the once-desperate entrepreneur can rejoice when the Sharks reveal their true interest in the product and bid up the price of the investment.

Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.




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SHARK TANK: FACTS

Network: ABC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: August 8, 2009
Seasons: 8
Theme Song:
"Shark Tank - Main Title Theme" written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford and performed by Ricky Fante
Production Companies:
Mark Burnett Productions
Sony Pictures Television





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chrisg307 says:
I like the show and hope you get another season!
ronat123 says:
I have an invention that I would like to present to you and your show how do I do this?
dlo says:
have they picked the entrepreneurs for season 2 yet
tapeweightcom says:
How do you get info to get on this show I am a little fish with product and want to become a SHARK!
123michelle says:
The Shark Tank is a great show, however, what does Barbara Corcoran contribute? She has not made an offer in a long time. Frankly, I would like to see the female population represented better than she is attempting to do. Sincerely, Michelle

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