Unscripted

Mark Burnett, Steve Harvey team up for ABC series

The as-yet-untitled, 13-episode series features Harvey as host, and will pit rival entrepreneurs against each other as they pitch their ideas before a live studio audience. (Pictured: Mark Burnett)
April 5, 2016

Mark Burnett and Steve Harvey are teaming up for a new unscripted business competition series, set to air on American broadcast net ABC this year.

The as-yet-untitled, 13-episode series will be hosted by Harvey, and will see rival teams of entrepreneurs pitching their projects before a live studio audience, who will then cast votes for who should receive seed funding money.

Harvey, also host of Celebrity Family Feud, is hot off the heels of the success of another unscripted property, the kids’ talent show Little Big Shots for NBC, which Harvey hosts and along with Ellen DeGeneres, acts as an exec producer. Little Big Shots has had the best debut of a broadcast unscripted series for total viewers in more than six years.

This project marks the fourth collaboration between Burnett and ABC, including the long-running Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank and 500 Questions. He will exec produce the upcoming series through MGM Television. MGM will also distribute the series internationally.

“My dream has been to work with Steve, and this is the perfect project for us to do together,” said Burnett in a statement. “He is an amazing talent and has an enormous heart for entrepreneurs, some of whom will get their business jump-started because of him.”

“I’m thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule,” added Harvey. “This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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