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Centric’s “Queen Boss” looks for entrepreneurs

Queen Boss is looking to find entrepreneurs with big ideas in a new business-competition series for BET-owned cable channel Centric, aimed at African-American women. Produced by Ora TV and SWSI Media, the eight-episode series ...
December 22, 2016

Queen Boss is looking to find entrepreneurs with big ideas in a new business-competition series for BET-owned cable channel Centric, aimed at African-American women.

Produced by Ora TV and SWSI Media, the eight-episode series features three African-American women in each episode pitching their idea to a panel of celebrity judges.

“In making Queen Boss, we wanted to capture some of the incredible creativity and passion in this community – and to bring it together in an entertaining, emotional experience for the audience. I think people are going to respond very strongly to it,” executive producer Jon Housman told realscreen in an e-mail.

Each episode is split into two rounds, the first one has one of the three women eliminated by judges, and the second has the two remaining entrepreneurs competing in a business-related challenge, such as the perfect elevator pitch. Winners from the first six episodes return for the seventh and eight episodes to select one winner who takes home $25,000 as a start-up fund for their business.

The series is hosted by Tracey Edmonds (pictured), and celebrity judges include Vanessa Simmons, Lauren Lake, Kandi Burruss, Carla Hall, Mikki Taylor, Lisa Price, Rakia Reynolds, Angela Benton and Robin Wilson.

Executive producers from Ora TV are Jon Housman and Blake Levin, and EPs from SWSI Media are Heidi Lehmann, Marci Weisler, and Suzette Cabildo.

Queen Boss premieres Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Centric.

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