Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Archive for April, 2011

Apr

28

2011

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My exclusive tour of the Shark Tank

Tweet Visiting TV sets is always a thrill. It’s not because I am a pure fan. I mean, I am not necessarily always pinching myself in disbelief over being there. Of course I knew Chandler and Joey’s apartment was an existing set when I toured the home of Friends at Warner Bros. No, for me, […]

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Apr

22

2011

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Kevin O’Leary in the Shark Tank: Fire your mother if you have to

Tweet In between pitches for the second season of Shark Tank, I snatched a few minutes of time with Kevin O’Leary while the other Sharks were getting made up. Kevin O’Leary is precise. He’s ruthless. He’s mercilessly to-the-point. And that’s just his sound bites! In the Shark Tank, he’s like that, too, but with the […]

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Apr

22

2011

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Kevin Harrington can get fitness buffs to buy the same thing from him twice

Tweet During my recent trip into the Shark Tank, I reconnected with the informercial whiz Kevin Harrington, the resident of the first seat. Rather than pitching him a business, I asked him about what it’s like to get pitched, particularly in this recession. He must have been pumped up for the day’s meal of entrepreneurs […]

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Apr

22

2011

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Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec: Why ‘Shark Tank’ is better than ‘Dragon’s Den’

Tweet After I interviewed Shark Tank Sharks Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec (click here to watch that interview, which dates from my Traffic Cone Professor sartorial period), a debate emerged in the comments section. The two also appear on the older, Canadian version of ABC’s fish-themed angel investor show, Dragon’s Den, and the bickering began: […]

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Apr

22

2011

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Barbara Corcoran of ‘Shark Tank’: Pitch your ideas to your enemies

Tweet Those with an inattention to detail might think that Barbara Corcoran and I are related, but there’s no mistaking the fact that I love her. Outrageous, conservative, tough as nails yet soft as pudding, simultaneously fearless and sensitive — she’s diverse and memorable. I’ve interviewed her several times before, including in her office and at […]

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Apr

21

2011

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Jeff Foxworthy’s secret connection to fellow ‘Shark Tank’ tycoon Robert Herjavec

Tweet This season on Shark Tank, two new men join the lineup of Sharks: Mark Cuban and Jeff Foxworthy, both of whom rotate in Kevin Harrington’s chair when he’s not there. I met Foxworthy, who hosts another of producer Mark Burnett’s shows, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, at the dawn of his first […]

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Apr

20

2011

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Robert Herjavec’s $15,000 solid gold ‘Shark Tank’ cufflinks

Tweet I caught up with Robert Herjavec, one of the Sharks from ABC’s increasingly popular show Shark Tank, as he was preparing to step onto set in the early morning at the start of the day’s shooting. When the glint of something caught my eye, he handed an assistant his cup of coffee to show […]

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Apr

19

2011

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Daymond John and me on the set of ‘Shark Tank’

Tweet Daymond John is one seriously smart man. He likes to pretend he isn’t, but that’s one of the things that makes him so clever — he takes you by surprise when he swoops in. When I was on the set of Shark Tank‘s second season, I had a chat with him. (I first sat […]

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Apr

18

2011

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My interview with Mark Burnett on the set of ‘Shark Tank’

Tweet I had the rare opportunity to attend the shoot of the second season of ABC’s Shark Tank. I created “AfterShark” for the first season of the show, and for that, I interviewed the business owners after they had appeared on the show, so for the second season, I was invited to come to the […]

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Apr

15

2011

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Broadway shows always get standing ovations because tickets are so expensive

Tweet Something is very wrong on Broadway: There’s a standing ovation for every performance. Last year, I went to see the new musicalThe Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. A day later, the New York Timesproclaimed it “genuinely ghastly” and a “collapsing tomb.” Reuters said its “artistic inspiration pretty much ended with the pitch meeting.” The Washington Post […]

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