The sharks may be circling Network TEN but there are 5 more inside the tank who have some savvy advice for current and future custodians: Stay True to your Customers.
“They produce great TV,” Shark Tank‘s Naomi Simson told TV Tonight.
“MasterChef is incredible, Have You Been Paying Attention?, everybody loves The Living Room, The Project is a consistent winner. We all love Family Feud and I know all of the sharks are proud to be a part of the Channel TEN family. They’ve produced a wonderful piece of television that I’m really happy to put my name on.
“But that’s business. They are a commercial enterprise and they need to make money.”
So what would the Sharks tell CEO Paul Anderson if he walked into their tank?
“We kind of jest about things like that,” Simson (pictured second from right) suggested.
“It’s a serious business but I’ve never sat in a business that has 4 billionaires on the Board, so I wouldn’t know what that is like. But what I would say is stay true to your customer. What is it your customer really wants?
“Sometimes these compliance and governance issues are very, very big and that’s where they are caught up at the moment. Their product is wonderful. I enjoy all the people I work with at Channel TEN. They will get through this, but they need to restructure some things.
“I don’t know anything more than what you’ve read in the papers. I’m Talent, I’m not involved with them on a commercial aspect.”
A new series of Shark Tank returns next Tuesday night at 8:30pm and Simson remains enthused about the array of pitches and the single biggest deal the show has yet seen.
“We definitely had fun making the show and we think it’s an important job we do as role models for others.”