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CNBC’S NEW SERIES ‘MAKE ME A MILLIONAIRE INVENTOR’ PREMIERES ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12TH AT 10PM ET/PT
The Best inventions never made get a second chance
Hosted by Engineering Experts Deanne Bell and George Zaidan
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – August 7, 2015— “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” is on a mission to find the best inventions NEVER made and give them new life. Premiering Wednesday, August 12 at 10PM ET/PT, the six episode series features engineering experts Deanne Bell and George Zaidan, who scour the country looking for amazing ideas they’re convinced can make big money. They’ll track down the inventors and give them a real chance to bring their ideas and dreams to life. The inventors will be given the resources and help they need to take their products from concept to reality, building, testing, and perfecting their products for the biggest pitch of their lives.
“Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” – Premiere Episode – Failure to Launch
Airing Wednesday, August 12 at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC
On the series premiere, engineering experts George and Deanne hit the road to help two inventors who have risked it all for prototypes with fatal flaws. Eight months pregnant, Samantha DeMaria, of Hoffman Estate, IL, hopes to make her fortune by launching the Marinara Tower, an Italian take on the chocolate fountain. While best friends Anthony Gonzales and Bob, of Merriman of Cypress, CA, are looking to beat out the competition with Fit Guard, a high-tech mouth guard designed to protect athletes from harmful concussions.
“Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” – Episode #2 – Ahead of the Pack
Airing Wednesday, August 19 at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC
Deanne and George meet inventors with simple ideas… that could be revolutionary. Deanne travels to Texas where married duo, Shane and Maria Freeman, of Beaumont, TX, have come up with an automated Snow Cone Kiosk – a concept that seems so obvious, she can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. Meanwhile, George meets four friends from Encinitas, CA, who’ve invented the Skull Cap, a product that could save skateboarders from serious injuries … if only they can prove it.
“Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” – Episode #3 – Reinventing the Wheel
Airing Wednesday, August 26 at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC
George and Deanne team up with entrepreneurs who are looking to revolutionize two well-known products. A Puerto Rican resident, John Perdue, who has dedicated himself to supporting his wife’s dream, now focuses on the Packbow, a reinvention of an age-old hunting tool. Meanwhile, Enayat Motahedy of Centreville, VA, looks to launch the Twisty Tint, a sophisticated variation on the car window shade.
Meet the Engineering Experts:
Deanne Bell is an engineer, television host, and the founder of FutureEngineers.org, a platform that hosts national invention challenges for students.
She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to becoming a TV host, Deanne designed opto-mechanics for military aircraft sensors and worked as a senior application engineer for a CAD software startup in Boston.
In 2006, Deanne took her first job in television as a co-host for the Peabody Award winning children’s series, Design Squad. She is currently a co-host for CNBC’s ‘Make Me a Millionaire Inventor, and her previous hosting credits include ESPN, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and DIY Network.
In 2014, Deanne founded Future Engineers, which hosted its inaugural challenge in partnership with NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation. Students were asked to create a digital 3D model of a space tool, and the winning design is being 3D printed aboard the International Space Station.
When Deanne’s not working, she seeks out global travel and outdoor adventure. She has hiked to the base of Mt. Everest, cycled from Seattle to Los Angeles, and backpacked solo throughout Asia.
Deanne also serves on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation Board of Directors.
George Zaidan is a science educator, television and web host, producer, and card-carrying nerd.
He has developed, written, and hosted shows for The Weather Channel, National Geographic, MIT, and The Pentagon Channel; he also has written and voiced several TED-Ed viral videos. George’s favorite projects include creating MIT’s first ever reality webseries, revealing the secret behind white asparagus, explaining why ketchup is so hard to get out of the bottle, helping develop a massive open online course on protein drug development, and giving a friendly satellite-fixing space robot his television debut. His work has been featured in The Boston Globe, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider, and Gizmodo.
George graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT with an S.B. in Chemistry and the F.D. Greene Teaching Award. He has also been honored by the Goldwater Foundation, the New Media Consortium, Khan Academy, and Merck.
George advises startups and nonprofits on media strategy, and served as a trustee of the Washington International School. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Education and a member of the American Chemical Society.
George is also an avid rock climber, former single-digit-handicap golfer, beginning tennis player, and recreational cook.
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