TCA: CNBC means business with career-focused series

by itve

CNBC Primetime is catering to an audience of young professionals with series that embrace an entrepreneurial spirit.

During its presentation at the TCA summer press tour yesterday (Aug. 3), the network unveiled a series of new and returning shows with a focus on careers and business.

Among them is The Job Interview— an unscripted series, where each half-hour episode brings viewers inside the room as real employers conduct interviews with real candidates.

Produced by ITV Entertainment and based on an ITV Studios format, the 10-episode series is set to debut on Oct. 25 at 10 p.m ET/PT.

“There are few situations as tense and dramatic as a job interview. We all know how high the stakes can be because we’ve all been there,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP of primetime alternative at CNBC, in a statement. “Our primetime shows speak to the strivers and the dreamers; people looking to build a better life — and that’s what makes The Job Interview a perfect fit for our lineup.”

It is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment with David Eilenberg, David George, Shawn Witt and Arthur Borman serving as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

Last year, ITV inked a deal with Canadian unscripted prodco Force Four Entertainment for rights to the Channel 4 fixed-rig reality series.

CNBC also announced two other new projects in the development pipeline: Empires of New York (w/t) and Buy Your Own Business (w/t).

Empires of New York is billed as a docu-drama series that interweaves the stories of New York’s most power icons over the course of the 1980s, revelaing how their actions shaped the city. The series is produced by The Intellectual Property, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers.

In Buy Your Own Business, self-made entrepreneur Dennis Mulgannon will help people escape the rat race by buying the existing small business of their dreams. It is produced by Brian Graden Media, with Brian Graden and Dave Mace serving as executive producers.

Elsewhere, The Job Interview joins returning series such as The Profit, with entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis; outdoor investment series Adventure Capitalists; and Secret Lives of the Super Rich.

The network also greenlit new seasons of Billionaire Dollar Buyer, The Deed, The Deed: Chicago and American Greed.

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