STEVE HARVEY AND MARK BURNETT BRING NEW BUSINESS
REALITY SERIES TO ABC
Mark Burnett, Emmy Award-winning executive producer of the critically acclaimed ABC hit series "Shark Tank," and Steve Harvey, executive producer and star of primetime hit series "Celebrity Family Feud" and "Little Big Shots," collaborate to deliver a 13-episode seed-funding business series to ABC to air in 2016.
The show brings together sets of rival entrepreneurs who competitively pitch their ideas head to head in front of a live studio audience. The audience will then vote on which entrepreneur will receive funding for their idea. Steve Harvey will become the "funder of dreams," as he brings his personal business experience and encouraging comedy as the host.
This marks the fourth collaboration between Burnett and ABC, adding to successful programming, including "Shark Tank," "Beyond the Tank" and "500 Questions."
"My dream has been to work with Steve, and this is the perfect project for us to do together," said executive producer Mark Burnett. "He is an amazing talent and has an enormous heart for entrepreneurs, some of whom will get their business jump-started because of him."
Steve Harvey said, "I'm thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule. This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams."
The series will be produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM. Steve Harvey is represented by WME.
About the Disney|ABC Television Group
The Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company's global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business. This includes ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment, news and kids programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 107 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network ABC Family, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks, Hulu, and Fusion.
About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and "The Hobbit" trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include "Fargo" (FX); "Vikings" (HISTORY); "The Voice" (NBC); "Survivor" (CBS); "Shark Tank" (ABC); "Beyond the Tank" (ABC);"Celebrity Apprentice"(NBC); "Teen Wolf" (MTV); "500 Questions" (ABC); "The People's Choice Awards" (CBS); "America's Greatest Makers" (INTEL/Turner), "Coupled" (FOX) and "Lucha Underground" (The El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" is currently airing its third season. MGM's television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.