‘Shark Tank’ casting call heads to Greenville

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SharkTank_500wGREENVILLE, N.C. — ‘Shark Tank,’ the popular TV show, which introduces aspiring entrepreneurs to rich, successful business people, will hold casting calls in Greenville on July 24 as the Emmy-nominated production enters its sixth season.

According to U.S. Cellular, one of the show’s sponsors, the day-long session has been scheduled for The Martinsborough, located at 330 S. Evans Street. Aspiring businesspersons can begin arriving at 9 a.m. to receive a wristband, with interviews beginning at 10 a.m. The first 500 entrepreneurs who show up at the open call are guaranteed to be seen and will pitch the “Shark Tank” casting team with their products, services or ideas.

“At U.S. Cellular, we champion small business owners and offer them access to tools to help them be successful,” said Dana Dorcas, director of business sales for U.S. Cellular in North Carolina. “By working with ABC’s Shark Tank, we are providing an unprecedented opportunity for people in our local communities to pitch their ideas to experts and have the chance to grow their business.”


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Clay Newbill, executive producer of Shark Tank, said his crew is looking forward to the visit.

“We know great ideas come from everywhere, so we’re excited to hit the road this summer with U.S. Cellular to hear from entrepreneurs,” said Newbill.

U.S. Cellular is also bringing Shark Tank casting calls to two other cities, Des Moines, Iowa and Milwaukee, Wis. For further casting call information and to fill out an application, please visit the website www.SharkTankOpenCall.com.

In September, consumers and business owners will also be able to enter a U.S. Cellular “Shark Tank” sweepstakes. More details will be available in the coming months.

Applicants selected to appear on the hit show will have the opportunity to seek investment funds from The Sharks — tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons who may choose to invest their own money in the best businesses and products that America has to offer, giving budding entrepreneurs the chance to make the American dream come true, and the potential to secure business deals that could make them millionaires in their own right.

The Sharks are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.

The entrepreneurs who dare to enter the Tank must try to convince the Sharks to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they desperately need to turn their dreams into million dollar realities. But the Sharks have a goal, too – to get a return on their investment and own a piece of the next big business idea. When the Sharks hear an idea worth sinking their teeth into, they’re more than ready to declare war and fight each other for a piece of it.

During the 2013-14 season, ABC’s Shark Tank consistently won Friday among Adults 18-49, ranking as the night’s No. 1 TV series on 26 of 28 original telecasts. In addition, the hit unscripted show dominated its 9 o’clock time period among young adults, qualifying as ABC’s highest-rated program in the hour in nine years – since the 2004-05 season.

In its fifth season, Shark Tank surged by double digits from the previous year, with Total Viewers up 16 percent, and Adults, ages 18-49 up 14 percent, marking the series’ best-ever season on both Nielsen measures.

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