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Hey Haunters!

I'm excited to tell you that we pitched our Singing Pumpkins Effects and Animations business to the producers of ABC's "Shark Tank" who were in town today for a casting call. I did NOT meet, or see, any of the Sharks. I was #95 in line of about 175 people. The process was fairly quick and simple, with only about 1-3 minutes each to pitch our product. Kind of a screening process. With that short of time, I wasn't able to do my complete set-up with pumpkins and all. So, I opted to show them a video of our Singing Pumpkins in action and explain about how it all works. The interviewer seemed to like the animations as well. Before I knew it, my time was up, and that was it!

They told all the attendees that they will call us within two weeks if we made the cut to be considered to be on the TV show. If no call, I didn't make it. Keep your fingers crossed! If things go our way, you just may see our Singing Pumpkins on a future episode of "Shark Tank"! We'll keep you posted!

In the mean time, don't forget to check out our newest
Singing Pumpkins Effects, and order some TODAY!

That's it for now!

Happy Haunting!
John

TheSingingPumpkin.com
 

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Good luck! I LOVE Shark Tank!! Just making it on the show is a giant FREE commercial for your product. Keep us updated.

Mark invested BIG TIME in Halloween once (the biggest investment on the show to date), who knows, he may need more.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237279
 

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Good Luck John! That's really cool and we watch ST when we can as well. It would be great to see another Halloween "product" on there. We did see the episode when Mark invested in the pro-haunt. Wasn't expecting that so guess you never know the type of products they will invest in. If you get selected to appear, be sure to have a good business plan set up...you know Mr. Wonderful will eat you right from the start If you don't show him the money and how he can get his return within the first few minutes of your presentation! Thankfully the other sharks I think are easier to make a presentation in front of and everyone seems seems pretty nice. I really hope you get chosen. It's something I think ABC would find good entertainment as a well since they do televise several halloween specific shows.

Just checked out your link and the site looks great and I see you've added quite a few new songs to your inventory. Let us know how it's going and wish you well.
 

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Good luck! I LOVE Shark Tank!! Just making it on the show is a giant FREE commercial for your product. Keep us updated.

Mark invested BIG TIME in Halloween once (the biggest investment on the show to date), who knows, he may need more.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237279
Thanks for the comments, support and encouragement, everyone! The Halloween company Mark Cuban invested in was Ten Thrity One Productions, a pro haunt with some very impressive numbers behind their pitch. It was great to see how Mark obviously "got it" and invested in it. I certainly hope that I can make it on the show and impress them as much as Ten Thirty One did.

I will be sure to keep everyone updated as to what happens.

-John
 

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The only stumbling block may be the music & lack of rights, they will definitely rake you over the coals so be prepared. They will also have a piece of your business for a while. Like, forever. Even if you don't make a deal. So be careful.

http://jasoncochran.com/blog/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-shark-tank/

I still hope you get through because it means Halloween in general is on a HUGE network show & that's always, as Martha Stewart says, a good thing.
 

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Hey, exciting news and good luck on doing your promo tape. One more step into the Shark Tank....

RCIAG, thanks for that link. Quite an interesting read. When I came to the part about one Shark objecting, I said now who could that be? Guessed right! Good for him and for the entrepreneurs. I can understand the reasoning for the clause and can see how it could get expensive, especially the forever part. The value of the exposure even if you don't do a deal later can be dramatic. We've been in Whole Foods for example and looked for some of the products and walked past a product in Target we recognized from the show. So clearly just appearing on the show does have a value could have a cost associated to it. Those with established businesses operating for sometime will probably be in the best position to correctly evaluate the deal presented and do a negotiation that also makes sense for them so they don't end up chum in the waters.

Well in any event will be checking back to see how your doing John. Thanks for the update!
 

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The only stumbling block may be the music & lack of rights, they will definitely rake you over the coals so be prepared. They will also have a piece of your business for a while. Like, forever. Even if you don't make a deal. So be careful.

http://jasoncochran.com/blog/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-shark-tank/

I still hope you get through because it means Halloween in general is on a HUGE network show & that's always, as Martha Stewart says, a good thing.
They no longer have that we get a piece no matter what clause.

Yeah, rights to the music is something you'll want to shore up and be rock solid on. Hope it goes well, would be nice to see some national exposure.
 
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