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about Shark Tank

Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy® Award-winning reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, returns to The ABC Television Network this fall for its ninth season. The business-themed show that has become a culturally defining series and inspires a nation to dream bigger, recently amassed an amazing $100 million in deals in the Tank.

The Sharks – tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons – continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.

The Sharks are billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA champion 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.

Shark Tank will feature a blockbuster lineup of guest Sharks during the 2017-2018 season. The guest Sharks are: serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Richard Branson; Spanx owner Sara Blakely; Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel; iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand-builder Rohan Oza; and legendary baseball player and businessman Alex Rodriguez. They will appear individually alongside four other Sharks in various episodes. This season viewers will see an updated Shark Tank set. The Sharks' iconic red leather chairs and the entrepreneurs' rug will get a new, sleek and contemporary look. The show will continue to provide glimpses of the entrepreneurs' excitement and anticipation of what they go through backstage in the intense moments before they face the Sharks. As in past seasons, Shark Tank episodes will have follow-up stories, allowing viewers the opportunity to see how some investments led to success.

The hit unscripted series will reach its milestone 200th episode in 2018. Also in season nine, the Sharks are on track to surpass the amount of money offered each season in their investment deals. Over the past eight seasons, the Sharks have offered more than $107 million to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs.

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. All of the good, bad, emotional and even absurd pitches help showcase the "I wish I had thought of that" business ideas and products.

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.

Shark Tank has won four back-to-back Emmys in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 for Outstanding Structured Reality Program. The show received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Program in 2012 and 2013. Shark Tank won the NATPE 2015 and 2017 Reality Breakthrough Award, and in 2016, the BANFF World Media Festival Award and the IRTS Hall of Mentorship Award. Additional recognition includes three Summer Television Critics Association (TCA) nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming (winning in 2013), four Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Reality Series (winning in 2016, 2015 and 2014), NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Reality Series in 2014 and 2015, a Kids Choice Award for Favorite Reality Show nomination in 2015 and 2017, and four Producers Guild Award nominations.

Viewers will continue to ride an emotional roller coaster this season, complete with heated fights between the Sharks, ingenious business ideas and touching moments. Whichever way the wheeling and dealing may go, many people's lives will be better off – because they dared to enter the unpredictable waters of the Shark Tank.

Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of Shark Tank, which is based on the Japanese Dragons' Den format, created by NIPPON TV. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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