Every day, women in the U.S. think of useful inventions and business ideas and yet don't have the time or resources to catapult their creations to the next level. TLC has joined forces with HSN and Milojo Productions (owned by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos) to premiere the six-part series HOMEMADE MILLIONAIRE on November 19 at 10pm ET/PT. The series offers aspiring female entrepreneurs the potential opportunity of a lifetime - to have their innovative ideas sold on-air and online through interactive multichannel retailer HSN. With product sales on HSN topping $2 billion a year, a deal with HSN could change these women's lives overnight.
"We are super excited to be working with TLC and HSN on this project," explains Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. "We're sent so many innovative products from women every day, and to be able to help them get into the marketplace is a dream come true for us. These inventors have worked so hard in this show. We're beyond proud of them."
"HOMEMADE MILLIONAIRE provides an opportunity to those 'kitchen-table inventors' to get their creative ideas out to the masses," says Nancy Daniels, TLC's SVP of Production and Development. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Kelly and Milojo Productions, and believe HSN is the perfect outlet for these hard-working women to showcase their inventions."
Each hour-long episode of HOMEMADE MILLIONAIRE follows the competitive journey of three women vying for a chance to sell their inventions on HSN. Open calls were held throughout the country, and thousands of women showed up with their unique products in hand, with the hopes of being part of this experience.
"We are very excited to work with Kelly Ripa and TLC to help these inventors realize their dreams," states Bill Brand, EVP of Programming, Marketing and Business Development. "HSN is all about great products and amazing storytellers and that is what this series will deliver to our customers."
The lucky inventors were put through a series of tasks designed to get their product ready for consumers. Helping Kelly coach these women along the way are two business experts, Wendy Robbins and Ed Evangelista, who serve as mentors for these budding business women as they evolve their product and build a unique marketing strategy to present to HSN.
Wendy Robbins, founder of Nowhere To Millionaire LLC and author of "Why Marry a Millionaire? Just Be One!", worked her way out of debt to make millions with her invention the Tingler head massager. She is also a leading expert on mastering the millionaire mindset, and how to manufacture and market ideas to millions. Ed Evangelista became the first advertising executive embedded into entertainment content when he served as a judge, juror, and executioner on ABC's TV series AMERICAN INVENTOR. Evangelista has created award-winning advertising, marketing and alternative content for some of the world's largest consumer brands from diamonds and liquors, to automobiles, finance and bubble gum.
Alongside Kelly on the judges' panel are two HSN executives - Jennifer Cotter, Senior Vice President of Television, and Chris Nicola, Vice President of Product Development - who draw upon their vast experience in television and retail to evaluate each product.
Each episode also features guest celebrity judges and experts in the fields of Home, Beauty, Food, and Fashion, including:
Emeril Lagasse: Celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, and creator of Emerilware and other HSN culinary products
Jennifer Flavin-Stallone: Beauty entrepreneur, wife of actor Sylvester Stallone, and co-founder of Serious Skin Care cosmetics sold at HSN