Stars Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and executive producer Clay Newbill chatted with guests at the Beverly Hills event, while enjoying a spread at the Viceroy L’ermitage Hotel, which included spinach and feta frittatas, french pastries — and to celebrate, mimosas.
Heading into its eighth season this weekend, the cast members talked about the show’s road to success. Corcoran said she was convinced “Shark Tank” would be a hit right from the beginning.
“I was struck by one thing from season one that made me truly believe it was going to be a hit,” she said. “When we stopped filming after each set, the camera guys were locked on, and would ask us a ton of questions. I figured that these guys must see it all, but they were engaged, and if they’re engaged…we must be doing something good here.”
Looking back at all the careers the show has kick-started, Robert Herjavec spoke about the future generations of entrepreneurs, expressing his support for those just starting their endeavors.
“I find it incredibly inspiring,” he said. “We’ve all had success and everything is pretty big [for us] now and when you get to this point, you’re not really doing a lot of start-up stuff. So you see these people and they’re struggling and it really takes me back to those days. It’s really motivating.”
On the topic of motivation, the series, which just celebrated it’s third consecutive Emmy win for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, is hitting a new milestone this season — the deals made in the Tank will surpass $100 million. According to the “Shark Tank” team, the total is “perhaps the most telling measure of the show’s and the Sharks’ personal commitment to reinvigorate entrepreneurship in America.”
“Shark Tank” Season 8 premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.