or


[06/24/08 - 12:52 PM]
Entrepreneurs Feel the Heat of the Dragons This July on BBC America
Newcomer "Dragons' Den" premieres Thursday, July 10 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from BBC America]

ENTREPRENEURS FEEL THE HEAT OF THE DRAGONS THIS JULY ON BBC AMERICA

The award-winning competition series Dragons' Den gives would-be entrepreneurs a chance of a lifetime and these are the most crucial three minutes of their life - to pitch their ideas to five self-made millionaires, aka the Dragons, who have the connections and the cash to make their business plan a reality. The Den is open for business and these multi-millionaire investors are ready to back the best ideas and innovations with hundreds of thousands of their own cash.

Dragons' Den premieres Thursday, July 10, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Host Evan Davis, Co-Anchor of BBC Radio 4's Today and former BBC economics editor, talks with participants before and after they pitch everything from a device that rocks babies to sleep, to a recyclable lawn chair, to umbrella vending machines in London's Tube stations.

Since there is no such thing as easy money, participants have to prove their ideas mean big business - especially if they're going to get the Dragons to invest money out of their own pockets. With their dreams in the balance, business becomes personal.

The intimidating team of Dragons include Californian Doug Richard - who made his riches leading technology and software ventures, Simon Woodroffe - the man behind the conveyor belt sushi bar Yo! Sushi, Duncan Bannatyne - an entrepreneur with an estimated worth of around �200m, Peter Jones - considered to be one of the UK's leading young businessmen, Rachel Elanugh - creator of Red Letter Days which offers �gift experiences' such as driving grand prix cars or flying in jet aircraft, and Theo Paphitis - who's made a career at turning ailing retail businesses into successful ones.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 60 million homes.

THE DRAGONS

Doug Richard

From California, Doug, founder and Chairman of Library House, has more than 18 years experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures, both in the U.S. and UK. In addition to his Library House involvement, he is founder and vice-chairman of Cambridge Angels, co-founder and chairman of Hotxt and chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force. Between 1996 and 2000 he was President and CEO of Micrografx, a U.S. publicly quoted software company which he sold to Corel Corporation in 2000. Prior to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies - Visual Software and ITAL Computers. Doug holds a BA in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor at the School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles.

Duncan Bannatyne

One of seven children, Duncan's childhood was blighted by poverty and he was determined from an early age to make his fortune. He began his entrepreneurial life by buying and selling cars but the acquisition of an ice cream van changed the course of his life and from those he switched to nursing homes which made him a multi-millionaire. In more recent years he has built up a chain of health clubs and gyms called Bannatyne's. He's estimated to be worth around �200m. Duncan holds an OBE and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Glasgow Caledonian University for services to business and charity.

Simon Woodroffe (Episodes 1-6)

Simon left school at the age of 16 and spent 30 years in the entertainment business. His production companies in London and Los Angeles designed and staged concerts for many artists during the �70's and �80's, including The Moody Blues, Madness, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and George Michael. In 1997, Simon founded YO! Sushi, a conveyor belt sushi bar. The first restaurant opened in London and became an overnight phenomenon. The group has now grown to 36 restaurants operating in three countries. YO! Japan, a fashion range and RadiYO!, an entrepreneurial podcast series are operating and YO! Zone, the spa concept and YO! Home are in development.

Peter Jones

Peter's entrepreneurial journey started early when, at the age of 16, he founded a tennis academy. He then set up a computer business among various other business interests. At the age of 28, Peter joined corporate giant Siemens Nixdorf and ran its computer business in the UK. In 1998, he founded Phones International Group, a telecommunications firm that now generates revenues in excess of �200m. His business interests range from telecoms, leisure, publishing as well as television and media. Peter has won many national awards, including Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.

Rachel Elnaugh

Having started her working life as an office assistant, at the age of 24 she created the market leading experiences brand Red Letter Days on a shoestring budget from the front room of her home. Red Letter Days went on to generate over �100million in turnover in the 16 years that she ran it, and in doing so pioneered the UK's �250 million experiences sector. Rachel now acts as mentor and consultant to a number of small businesses and launched her own unique Entrepreneurial Profiling system at the Business Start Up Show at London's Excel in April 2007.

Theo Paphitis (Episodes 7-12)

Theo started his career at the age of 16 as a tea boy/filing clerk with Lloyds of London insurance brokers before making his first foray into retail at the age of 18. At the age of 20 he moved into finance - property and corporate, specializing in turnarounds, setting up his own company at the age of 23. He has turned ailing companies like Movie Media Sports, Ryman's, Contessa and La Senza lingerie chains into successful and profitable retail businesses. During this time, he spent eight years as Chairman of Milwall FC soccer team, taking it out of administration, into the Championship and to the FA Cup Final. He was also a Director of the Football League and an FA Councillor.

Evan Davis - Host

Evan joined BBC Radio 4's Today program in April 2008 - the BBC's leading daily news show on radio - following a six and a half year stint as the BBC's economics editor. On top of his duties at Today, he also presents The Bottom Line, a weekly discussion program on Radio 4. Before his promotion to BBC's economics editor, Evan worked for BBC Two's Newsnight program from 1997 to 2001 and as a general economics correspondent from 1993. Evan worked at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the London Business School prior to joining the BBC as an economics correspondent in 1993. He has won several awards including the Work Foundation's Broadcast Journalist of the Year award in 1998, 2001 and 2003, and the Harold Wincott Business Broadcaster of the Year award in 2001 and 2005. Evan studied philosophy, politics and economics at St John's College Oxford and has a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

EPISODE SYNOPSES

Episode One

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a revolutionary machine to help babies sleep, a music festival and an umbrella machine.

Episode One premieres Thursday, July 10, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Two

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a wobbly table fix, luxury organic aromatherapy and a styling service for female professionals.

Episode Two premieres Thursday, July 17, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Three

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: timeshares in a Scottish castle, a hanging sofa and a recyclable lawn chair.

Episode Three premieres Thursday, July 24, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Four

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: an odor eating mat for dogs, a tattoo removal system and a new souvenir board game.

Episode Four premieres Thursday, July 31, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Five

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a revolutionary new PC style, a new plant watering system and innovative jewelry designs.

Episode Five premieres Thursday, August 7, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Six

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a new form of advertising in cabs and a snow-bike.

Episode Six premieres Thursday, August 14, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Seven

Theo Paphitis replaces Simon Woodroffe on the panel of Dragons. Entrepreneurs this week pitch an olive dispenser, monogrammed underwear and wireless internet for sailors.

Episode Seven premieres Thursday, August 21, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Eight

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a water saving device for toilets, a new puzzle, and a free phone directory service.

Episode Eight premieres Thursday, August 28, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Nine

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a student accommodations website, new fitness supplements and a new baby product line.

Episode Nine premieres Thursday, September 4, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Ten

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a Japanese grill set, a new pooper-scooper and a building structure to be used in war zones.

Episode Ten premieres Thursday, September 11, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Eleven

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: a Bollywood board game, a new circus company and a special light bulb for the elderly.

Episode Eleven premieres Thursday, September 18, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Twelve

Pitches for the Dragons this week include: an exercise simulator, a garment to train breathing muscles and meditation CDs for children.

Episode Twelve premieres Thursday, September 25, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.





  [june 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· DRAGONS' DEN (BBC AMERICA)











[03/06/15 - 11:31 AM]
Crews Race for Crab and Battle Monstrous Storms Like Never Before in Discovery's Hit Series "Deadliest Catch"
The 13-time Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 11th season on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00/8:00c on the Discovery Channel.

[03/06/15 - 10:25 AM]
"Dateline: The Real Blacklist" to Lead Into Hit Drama "The Blacklist" to Form Two-Hour Thursday-Themed Programming Block
Plus: "The Slap" will shift to 10:00/9:00c next week, replacing the hiatus-bound "Allegiance."

[03/06/15 - 09:31 AM]
"The Odd Couple" Grows in Its Third Week - Up 13% in Viewers and 7% in Adults 18-49
CBS spins the numbers for Thursday, March 5.

[03/06/15 - 08:53 AM]
"The Blacklist" Doubles Its Lead-In, Finishes Within a Tenth of Last Week's Fast-Affil Rating
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, March 5.

[03/06/15 - 08:43 AM]
Live + 3: ABC's "Secrets and Lies" Grows to a 2.1 in Adults 18-49 - Remains Sunday's Top Drama Debut
ABC further spins the numbers for Sunday, March 1.

[03/06/15 - 08:40 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, CBS Split the Demo Crown
The Alphabet's "American Crime" opens on top at 10:00/9:00c among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/06/15 - 08:25 AM]
ABC Is Up Sharply Year to Year and Finishes No. 1 for Its 6th-Straight Thursday
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, March 5.

[03/06/15 - 08:02 AM]
HBO Announces Featured Artists on Game of Thrones Mixtape Vol. 2
Produced by Launch Point Records, the 15-track mixtape features diverse artists representing Game of Thrones families, leveraging themes and highlights from season 4.

[03/05/15 - 02:44 PM]
Little Women Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple with Lifetime(R)'s "Little Women: NY" Premiering on March 25
Viewers first got a glimpse of New York's Lila Call, when she made waves with the "Little Women: LA" cast and now they'll get to see her in action on her home turf with her group of east coast besties.

[03/05/15 - 01:13 PM]
Samantha Bee Heading to TBS - Former "Daily Show" Correspondent Signs Up to Host Comedy Series
The new show, which is in the early stages of development, is being planned as a platform for Bee to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.

[03/05/15 - 01:08 PM]
Great American Country Renews Three Popular Series
The network announced the renewal of season two of "Flippin' RVs" (Justin and Anna Scribner), season three of "Junk Gypsies" (Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes) and season four of "Celebrity Motor Homes" (Blair Herter).

[03/05/15 - 11:58 AM]
Nickelodeon's "Kids' Choice Awards" Host Nick Jonas, Platinum Selling Rapper Iggy Azalea with Grammy-Winner Jennifer Hudson, And Award Winning Pop-Rock Band 5 Seconds of Summer to Perform at This Year's Show
"We are so excited to be nominated and perform at the Kids' Choice Awards! It's our first time at the show and it's going to be awesome!" said 5 Seconds of Summer.

[03/05/15 - 11:53 AM]
Starz Announces Elisabeth Shue and Jason Schwartzman to Guest Star on "Blunt Talk"
Shue and Schwartzman will both appear as possible guests for Walter Blunt's (Patrick Stewart) nightly cable news show "Blunt Talk."

[03/05/15 - 11:41 AM]
#BieberRoast Roasters to Include Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Natasha Leggero, Ludacris, Shaq, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart and More!
This year's dais will also feature some of today's hottest comedians including Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Natasha Leggero and Jeffrey Ross.

[03/05/15 - 11:31 AM]
NBC's "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" Returns with Brand New Episodes
Special half-hour episodes will air Saturday, March 7 and April 11 at 8:00/7:00c.