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Twelve Entrepreneurs Come Face-To-Face With CNBC's 'Billion Dollar Buyer' Premiering Tuesday, March 22 At 10PM/ET

March 10, 2016 - Billionaire hospitality mogul Tilman J. Fertitta can make small businesses big with just one life-changing order.  In CNBC’s newest primetime series, “Billion Dollar Buyer,” premiering Tuesday, March 22 at 10pm ET/PT, he’ll travel the country to meet twelve potential suppliers─ and decide if they have what it takes to partner with his empire. 

Chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry’s, Inc., Fertitta oversees more than 500 properties and over 50 leading restaurant, hotel, and entertainment brands, ranging from high-end properties like Mastro’s and Morton’s The Steakhouse, to such mainstream destinations as Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Saltgrass Steak House, and five Golden Nugget Casinos.  With an annual supply spend of $2 billion, his buying power is second to none.  Now, he’s personally scouting the country for the most innovative new products America’s entrepreneurs have to offer – everything from food and drink for his restaurants and casinos, to linens and spa products for his hotels.

In each hour-long episode, Fertitta will spend time with two small businesses, sample their goods, get to know the owners, and assess their compatibility with Landry’s, Inc. He’ll point out flaws in their product and operations, share his expertise, and push for improvements.  In the end, he’ll decide whether to place a transformative purchase order with one of the companies, both, or neither.

The small businesses featured this season:

  • Bravado Spice -- Houston, TX
  • East Side Glass Studio -- Austin, TX
  • Further Products -- Los Angeles, CA
  • Galanter & Jones -- San Francisco, CA
  • iPourIt -- Lake Forest, CA
  • Liber Cocktails -- Austin, TX
  • Linoto Linens -- New York, NY
  • Macaron By Patisse -- Houston, TX
  • Manveena’s Solutions -- New York, NY
  • Marcellino New York -- Huntington Village, Long Island
  • Rossmore LA -- Los Angeles, CA
  • The Jam Stand -- Brooklyn, NY


On the series premiere, Fertitta meets with two local Houston businesses to find products that will spice up his booming restaurants, hotels, and casinos.First up is Macaron By Patisse, a sibling-owned specialty dessert shop financed by their parent’s retirement fund. Next up is Bravado Spice, an award-winning hot sauce company run by two hard-headed friends who turned their hobby into a full-time career. If they impress, they could win an order that will transform their business and their lives.  But failure could mean the end of the road.Will either duo be able to strike a deal with the Billion Dollar Buyer?

BILLION DOLLAR BUYER is produced for CNBC byEndemol Shine North America with David Tibballs and Robin Feinberg as executive producers.  Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

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About CNBC:
With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD , CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 385 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China. The network's 15 live hours a day of business programming in North America (weekdays from 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC News bureaus worldwide. CNBC at night features a mix of new reality programming, CNBC’s highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC and a number of distinctive in-house documentaries.
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About Endemol Shine North America:
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and now across all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Hell on Wheels (AMC), Ink Master (Spike), Kingdom (DirecTV), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT) and upcoming Hunted (CBS), Superhuman (FOX) and I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).

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