Dragons’ Den

CBC TELEVISION today unveiled the identity of its most recent addition to the cast of the hit program DRAGONS’ DEN as Bruce Croxon, investor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Lavalife.

Bruce will take his seat alongside returning Dragons Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary and Jim Treliving for the launch of the show’s sixth season, which premieres later this year in September.

“I’m thrilled to be invited into one of the highly coveted Dragon chairs. I’ve always been drawn to start-ups and to the challenges that come with funding early stage businesses,” said Bruce Croxon, the newest Dragon. “All big ideas start somewhere and I’m really looking forward to the chance Dragons’ Den offers to take part in finding and investing in the best new undiscovered business opportunities the country has to offer.”

In 1987, Bruce co-founded Lavalife, the internationally recognized online dating service. In a variety of roles including partner, chairman and CEO Bruce helped guide the company to a position of category leader before overseeing its sale in 2004 having achieved revenues of just under $100 million.

Since that time, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes. Also an active supporter of philanthropic and charitable causes, Bruce sits on the board of the Trans Canada Trail which actively supports Anaphalaxis Canada.

CBC Television today confirmed a number of returning shows for the 2011-12 season. Among the returning fan favourites are BATTLE OF THE BLADES and DRAGONS’ DEN, which both regularly drew more than 1.5 million viewers this season, the Down East detective hit REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, Season 9 of THE RICK MERCER REPORT and Season 51 of THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI.

The following favourites have been renewed and will return to the programming schedule:

 

22 Minutes

Battle of the Blades

Being Erica

Best Recipes Ever

Doc Zone

Dragons’ Den

the fifth estate

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Heartland

InSecurity

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Marketplace

The Nature of Things

Republic of Doyle

The Rick Mercer Report

The Ron James Show

Steven & Chris

Meanwhile, new programming pickups for the 2011-12 season include Mr. D, starring Gerry D and produced by Topsail Entertainment; Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays, featuring the writing and acting talents of Bob Martin and produced by Rhombus Media; the co-production Camelot, from Take 5 Productions; Kevin O’Leary in Dealer to Leader, developed by Wide-Eyed Entertainment in conjunction with CBC; and Cover Me Canada, produced by 11 Entertainment.

Further information on the 2011-12 season will be released at a later date.

Last night, CBC Television’s DRAGONS’ DEN came to a rolling boil with almost two million (1.956 million) viewers tuning in to watch The Road to Riches special season finale. Canadians from across the country watched the Dragons’ emotional journeys to self-made success. The compelling finale won its time slot among both 2+ and 25-54 viewers with a reach of almost 4.1 million watching some or all of the show, and almost two million among 25-54. The episode peaked at 2.565 million viewers. DRAGONS’ DEN finishes with a season average of 1.75 million per episode, reaching over one in three Canadians with a cumulative reach of almost 14 million viewers.*

“Canadians continue to be fascinated by DRAGONS’ DEN and want to know more about our Dragons,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television. “DRAGONS’ DEN wrapped the season on a high note and we’re excited to have the Dragons back for more fierce action from the Den this fall.”

Already stoking the fire for a new season, DRAGONS’ DEN is currently on a cross-Canada audition tour, searching for Canadians with creative ideas and money-making savvy to appear in front of the Dragons. Audition information and scheduling details are available at http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden.

DRAGONS’ DEN is hosted by Dianne Buckner and features Dragons Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving and W. Brett Wilson. DRAGONS’ DEN is one of the top-rated Canadian-produced reality television shows in the country.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster, and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

Fresh off the highest-rated season yet, CBC Television’s DRAGONS’ DEN is embarking on an epic audition tour. Due to overwhelming demand, producers are expanding the search to over 40 stops. From the Great White North to the edges of every coast, DRAGONS’ DEN is seeking Canadians with creative ideas and money-making savvy to make the case for cash. Successful candidates will make their way to the Den for a chance to appear in front of the Dragons in the new season.

With five seasons under her belt, host Dianne Buckner has seen it all. Here are her tips for local entrepreneurs who want to triumph on DRAGONS’ DEN:
Sell it! – “We want to see confident, well-rehearsed and convincing pitches. And remember, it’s a TV show, not a boardroom.”
Know your numbers – “The most common mistake entrepreneurs make is over-estimating the value of their businesses. Know your numbers and be realistic.”
Show them the money – “It’s no secret that the Dragons love money, so be explicit about how your business will turn a profit.”

DRAGONS’ DEN Audition Schedule 2010*:

ALBERTA
Calgary – Friday, March 19
– Saturday, March 20
Edmonton – Tuesday, March 16
– Wednesday, March 17
Grande Prairie – Monday, March 22

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Abbotsford – Monday, March 29
Campbell River – Wednesday, March 10
Kelowna – Monday, March 15
Nanaimo – Thursday, March 11
Nelson – Wednesday, March 17
Prince George – Thursday, March 11
Prince Rupert – Wednesday, March 31
Vancouver – Saturday, March 13
– Saturday, March 27
Victoria – Monday, March 8

MANITOBA
Winnipeg – Saturday, March 6

NEW BRUNSWICK
Fredericton – Tuesday, March 23
Saint John – Wednesday, March 24

NEWFOUNDLAND
St. John’s – Tuesday, March 30

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Yellowknife – TBC

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax – Sunday, March 28

ONTARIO
Barrie – Tuesday, March 30
Hamilton – Thursday, April 1
Kingston – Friday, April 16
London – Tuesday, March 9
North Bay – Wednesday, April 7
Oshawa – Thursday, March 18
Ottawa – Saturday, April 17
St. Catharines – Friday, March 26
Sudbury – Thursday, April 8T
hunder Bay – Thursday, April 8
Toronto – Saturday, March 6
– Saturday, April 10
Waterloo – Monday, March 22
Windsor – Monday, March 8

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Charlottetown – Friday, March 26

QUEBEC
Montreal – Saturday, March 20
Québec City – Monday, March 22

SASKATCHEWAN

Regina – Thursday, March 4
Saskatoon – Tuesday, March 2

YUKON

Whitehorse – Thursday, April 1

*All dates are subject to change. Full details and updates will be posted online at http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden.

This season, SunChips is celebrating the launch of new, 100 per cent compostable packaging by searching for the best DRAGONS’ DEN Greenvention. Eco-preneurs can pitch their green inventions at local auditions or online starting Monday, March 1 until Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day), for the chance to win $100,000.

DRAGONS’ DEN currently airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on CBC Television with host Dianne Buckner and Dragons Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving and W. Brett Wilson. DRAGONS’ DEN took home the 2009 Gemini for Best Reality Program or Series and is one of the top-rated Canadian-produced reality television shows in the country. The executive producer of DRAGONS’ DEN is Tracie Tighe and the senior producer is Lisa Gabriele. Throughout the season, viewers can go to http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden to find out more about pitchers and updates on their progress.

Canada’s hottest reality show is back with nine new episodes and special celebrity guests on CBC-TV, Jan. 6

The Dragons are back to heat up the winter! For the first time in the show’s history, DRAGONS’ DEN will be shooting flames for a full-year, broadcasting nine brand new, one-hour episodes starting Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. Entrepreneurs venture into the Den to convince the Dragons, five of Canada’s savviest business tycoons, that their business ideas can make millions. Dianne Buckner hosts as the Dragons make or break the dreams of a new generation of innovators.

“DRAGONS’ DEN speaks to the aspirations of all Canadians who have ideas they hope will translate into the next big thing,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television. “Canadians tune in week-after-week to catch the endlessly intriguing business plans, the Dragons’ expert analysis, and the pure entertainment of what unfolds in the Den.”

The Dragons have added some star power to the Den, inviting some of Canada’s biggest names to help them cash in on the latest consumer trends. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, for one episode only, DRAGONS’ DEN welcomes fashion industry legend Jeanne Beker, home improvement guru Mike Holmes; and interior design diva Debbie Travis. These industry moguls know how to spot a great idea and turn a big buck.

With an economic recovery on the horizon, Canada’s infamous panel of Dragons offer their forecasts for 2010:

Arlene Dickinson – “I’m optimistic, confident and aggressive. Well-run, small-to-medium size businesses will find 2010 to be a good year. It is opportune moments, like emerging from a recession, that give the nimble and resilient Davids of the world the ability to take on Goliaths.”

Robert Herjavec – “After a year of challenge comes a year of opportunity. I honestly believe there has never been a better time to fulfill the dream of starting a business.”

Kevin O’Leary – “The economy is still very fragile. Cash is king and only the strong are going to survive. Any business plan that does not respect the Darwinian laws of cost-cutting will get slaughtered.”

Jim Treliving – “I believe that this can be a great time for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Canada. We are starting a period of slow and steady economic recovery in Canada and there will be opportunities for new ideas, investment and growth in 2010.”

W. Brett Wilson – “I am looking forward to 2010 with cautious enthusiasm and am a bull on energy commodities. I have invested in more than a dozen companies on DRAGONS’ DEN and share these entrepreneurs’ passion for what we can accomplish together.”

DRAGONS’ DEN took home the 2009 Gemini for Best Reality Program or Series, and garnered an average audience of 1,715,000 per episode, making it one of the top-rated Canadian-produced reality television shows in the country (numbers based on unconfirmed PPM Data for September 28-December 2, 2009). The executive producer of DRAGONS’ DEN is Tracie Tighe and the senior producer is Lisa Gabriele. Throughout the season, viewers can go to http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden to find out more about pitchers and updates on their progress.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster, and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

More than 2.075 million viewers tuned into this week’s episode of DRAGONS’ DEN, with a 25-54 audience of 999,000. Now in its fourth season, this special edition featured fan favourites from past seasons, including Vancouver’s notorious Oswaldo Koch of Master Moves and Toronto’s young inventor Ben Gulak, with his space-age UNO motorcycle.

“Dragons’ Den’s phenomenal success continues to grow each week and this episode was a landmark for the series, reaching over two million viewers,” remarked Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television English Services. “It’s clear that CBC’s offering of original and distinctly Canadian programming is resonating with Canadians, with average weekly audiences of over one million for Rick Mercer Report, Heartland and Battle of the Blades.”

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster, and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

Now in its fourth season, DRAGONS’ DEN is taking viewers beyond the Den for a special ‘Where Are They Now?’ episode this Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. From hot deals, fan favourites and the ones that got away, this update episode features candid interviews with the Dragons and an inside look at what happens after the handshake.

This look back at deals and disasters from past seasons features:
· Student inventor Ben Gulak and his hot motorcycle Uno
· The man with the six-pack, Oswaldo Koch and Mastermoves of Vancouver, BC
· Ottawa, ON’s Aerial Angels Allison Williams and Zay Weaver
· Greg Bay of Abbotsford, BC hits the hockey rink with Coretection
· Montreal, QC’s sexy underwear Ginch Gonch
· Green high-traction mineral EcoTraction from Ottawa, ON’s Mark Watson and Mark Appleby
· Darmouth, NS’s Illusion Dinner Theatre pitcher Don Faith
· Shawnigan Lake, BC’s Murray Galbraith and his Pet Deli
· Niagara, ON’s Paul Mayer and his Moyer Candy Apples
· Robert Thorndyke of Toronto and his cookstove
· Terasa Hill and Barnie’s Horse Treats
· Sergeo Hristovski of Barrie, ON and Pristine Cart
· Jobloft’s Chris Nguyen, Lee Liu, Sundeep Mokha and Andy Lai of Toronto, ON
· Randy Uens, Mark Handley and Rhinobag out of Belleville, ON
· Paul Kind’s Rim Roller from Russell, ON

DRAGONS’ DEN is back for its fourth season with $15 million worth of investment deals. After country-wide auditions with twice the number of entrepreneurs as last year, the hit reality TV show returns for its biggest season yet. The panel of self-made Canadian business moguls is back and ready to invest their hard-earned cash in winning ideas. Dianne Buckner hosts as the Dragons breathe fire into the Den in 11 one-hour episodes, debuting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. on CBC Television.

DRAGONS’ DEN continues to be a barometer for the economy. Past seasons saw waves of mom and eco-preneurs. This season, the stakes are even higher as victims of the economic downturn step into the Den. Laid-off employees of Ontario’s auto sector and British Columbia’s mining industry are looking for capital to start their own empires. In today’s economic reality, only the best businesses stand a chance at surviving the Dragons’ gruelling grilling. The Dragons are after an idea that will make them an instant fortune, so candidates must be smart, prepared and persuasive. What ideas will pry open the Dragons’ vaults and lead to financing at a time when we are experiencing a credit crunch?

“We know from last year’s fabulous ratings that Canadians are tuning in and looking to see success stories during these times, and this season promises to give viewers a taste of what it takes to get an idea off the ground,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, English Services. “Viewers can’t get enough of the personalities in the Den, and everyone has a favourite.”

This season’s returning Dragons:

Arlene Dickinson, 20-year marketing veteran and award-winning CEO of Venture Communications Ltd., one of Canada’s largest independent marketing firms.
Robert Herjavec, Croatian immigrant and head of The Herjavec Group, one of Canada’s leading and fastest-growing IT security and infrastructure integration firms.
Kevin O’Leary, co-host of CBC Newsworld’s new business show and manager of O’Leary Global Equity and Income Fund, O’Leary sold his software firm to make a fortune.
Jim Treliving, a former RCMP officer who owns several multi-million dollar companies, including real estate company White Rock Commercial, Mr. Lube and Boston Pizza.
W. Brett Wilson, one of Canada’s most successful businessmen and respected philanthropists, Brett is an innovative merchant banker with extensive holdings in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports, and entertainment industries.

The Executive Producer of DRAGONS’ DEN is Tracie Tighe, and the Senior Producer is Lisa Gabriele. Throughout the season, viewers can go to http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden to find out more about pitchers and updates on their progress.

From a media release May 20, 2009

DRAGONS SLAY AMERICA

Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec named as Sharks on U.S. version of DRAGONS’ DEN On the heels of three successful seasons of CBC Television’s DRAGONS’ DEN, and season four currently in production, Canadian venture capital celebrities Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec join ABC’s Shark Tank.

 Based on the format created by Nippon Television Network and licensed by Sony Pictures Television in which budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to established business moguls, DRAGONS’ DEN has been hugely popular on CBC, BBC and with audiences around the world. “We’re proud of the franchise that we have established in Canada over the last three years,” said Kirstine Layfield, executive director of network programming, CBC Television. “It’s a testament to the success of DRAGONS’ DEN and the format that our Canadian Dragons would be asked to participate in the U.S. version.”

The Gemini-nominated series DRAGONS’ DEN returns on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m., on CBC Television for an extended season of exciting reality television, as well as some special surprises. With audition attendance at an all-time high, thousands of Canadian entrepreneurs of all ages are fighting for the chance to face the Dragons and pitch their business ideas in the Den. Rivals Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec are joined by marketing guru Arlene Dickinson, former RCMP officer and retail giant Jim Treliving, and maverick capitalist and philanthropist extraordinaire W. Brett Wilson.