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Mark Burnett, TBS line up celebrity judges for upcoming series 'America's Greatest Makers'


Tue, Feb 23rd 2016 11:45 am

Created in partnership with Intel

Massimo Banzi, Mayim Bialik, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith slated to judge tech competition series premiering April 5

Emmy-winning producer Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "Shark Tank," "The Voice") and TBS have brought together a panel of celebrity judges for this spring's new tech competition series "America's Greatest Makers," created in collaboration with Intel. The roster includes sports legends Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith; Emmy-nominated actress Mayim Bialik, who co-stars in the hit series "The Big Bang Theory"; and Massimo Banzi, maker and co-founder and CEO of Arduino, which makes popular development boards for inventors to create. "America's Greatest Makers" is set to premiere on TBS Tuesday, April 5 (9 p.m. ET/PT).

In a first-of-its-kind competition show, "America's Greatest Makers" takes 24 teams of makers from across the country and puts them in head-to-head competition to invent game-changing technology for a chance to go home with $1 million. In the first two episodes, each of the teams must speed pitch its wearable or smart device idea to the judging panel consisting of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich; business and financial expert Carol Roth; comedian, serial entrepreneur and co-host of truTV's "Hack My Life" Kevin Pereira; and one of the celebrity guests.

Once all of the teams have finished the initial speed pitching round, the judges will choose 15 to move forward in the competition. Over the next five weeks, those teams will then face off against each other, with three teams competing each week for $100,000 and a spot in the finals.

"America's Greatest Makers" will culminate with the five finalist teams presenting their finished products in one last round of competition, after which the judges will reveal which team will take home $1 million and the title "America's Greatest Makers."

"We have an extremely diverse cast from 15 years old to 59 with ideas that are as unique as the teams themselves," Burnett said. "We are looking to come up with the next big thing in wearable tech and smart connected devices, and these competitors will have to convince our judges that their product is just that. The competition will inspire a whole new audience of potential makers."

In addition to the TBS series, viewers can immerse themselves in the "America's Greatest Makers" experience through long- and short-form content presented through www.americansgreatestmakers.com.

As previously announced, Intel is a launch partner for Turner Native Plus, a capability that expands the power of native advertising to television, producing a powerful environment for better brand storytelling. Utilizing this vehicle, various short-form stories will be produced in the style and voice of brands spanning the Turner portfolio, including Adult Swim, CNN, HLN, truTV, TNT and Turner Sports. The content will feature various lifestyle innovations that resonate with that particular audience, while supporting the overall spirit of the competition series.

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