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'Shark Tank' announces season 5 open casting calls

by jmaloni

Press release

Tue, Mar 26th 2013 05:40 pm
`Shark Tank`: Meet `The Sharks`: Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner. (ABC photo by Adam Taylor)
"Shark Tank": Meet "The Sharks": Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner. (ABC photo by Adam Taylor)

Entrepreneurs will get another opportunity to make their business dreams come true in the upcoming fifth season of the Emmy-nominated series, "Shark Tank," the show where self-made business tycoons invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer.

Nationwide auditions to appear on the ABC hit reality series will take place in five major cities beginning on Sunday, April 14. The first 500 entrepreneurs who show up in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia are guaranteed to be seen and will pitch the "Shark Tank" casting team with their products, services or ideas.

Casting Call Audition Schedule

•Sunday, April 14

  • The Fox Theatre (660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - numbered wristbands distributed; noon - interviews begin

•Saturday, April 20

  • WFAA - Victory Park (3030 Olive St., Dallas, TX 75201)
  • 9 to 11 a.m. - numbered wristbands distributed; 10 a.m. - interviews begin

•Thursday, May 9

  • Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605)
  • Noon to 2 p.m. - numbered wristbands distributed; 1 p.m. - interviews begin

•Saturday, May 11

  • Nextfab Studio (2025 Washington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19146)
  • 9 to 11 a.m. - numbered wristbands distributed; 10 a.m. - interviews begin

•Friday, May 24

  • Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn (4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91602)
  • 10 a.m. to noon - numbered wristbands distributed; 11 a.m. - interviews begin

For further casting call information, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/casting.

"The Sharks" - tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons - will give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They 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.

"Shark Tank" received a 2012 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Program and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Series.

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