This Wednesday another highly successful season of Dragons' Den draws to a close. From the Dragons doling out $20 million in deals, to hitting a ratings record of over 2.2 million viewers in one episode, our team has a lot to celebrate.
Of course, our show wouldn't be possible without fantastic entrepreneurs who bring energy, excitement and enthusiasm into the Den. As our season finale approaches, I can't help but reflect on some of our most memorable moments.
Throughout the season our pitchers sang (SpiderDogs), they danced (Croatia Property Investments) and they taught us about products we didn't know existed (The Fenis.) Some made us laugh (Rugged Man), while others made us cry (7 Virtues.) In the end, their wild, wacky and wonderful pitches came together to form another incredible season in the Den.
In our final installment of the Tales from the Suites our production team comes together to share our favourite moments from Season Five.
Richard Maerov, Associate Producer
One of my favourite moments was the Aurora Castle update in episode nine. Jeffrey Tradburks lays out his plans to eventually have a franchise ... on the moon.
I also can't leave out Holy Crap. Jim loves it so much that he offers them "whatever you want." At the end Robert says, "That was a drive-by investment!"
Rasheed Ali, Program Assistant
My favourite moment in The Den this year was when a bright-eyed Frank Westcott came to pitch his body of creative work. Frank's crooning about the vocal expressiveness of canines was met with mixed reactions from The Dragons- it was a mix of tears, giggles and Herculean efforts by Brett, Arlene and Kevin to contain their outbursts of laughter. Thank goodness Frank brought his manuscripts for The Dragons to hide behind- otherwise, you know, it could have been awkward.
Colin Dawson, Associate Producer
Favourite Deal: Frogbox moving boxes. Great guy running the business in Doug, who got the best two Dragons for the job and they've already expanded to the Twin City area in the U.S.! Huzzah!
Meanest moment: Obzest from Thunder Bay, Ont. Kevin O'Leary tells a chatty pitcher she sounds like "a cheap transistor radio" who can't articulate how the Dragons will get rich by investing in her software. Ouch.
Best update: Catching up with the team behind Season Four's Aurora Castle Theme Park as they staked out their piece of land at an undisclosed location somewhere in Ontario.
Keri Snider, Assistant Production Co-ordinator
Robert jumping around in the Wow Ball in the first episode is up there for me as one of my favourite moments.
Janna McGinn, Editor
One of the most memorable moments for me comes from the business Obzest. Kevin actually says, "If you can't tell me in 30 seconds why I should invest I'm going to set you both on fire."
One of the most fun moments happened in the Super Dragon Series pitch when the Dragons had a Nerf gun fight.
Priscilla Sreedharan, Associate Producer
I really enjoyed the unexpected lyrical qualities of Frank Westcott's music ("Big butts, little butts, wiggly butts and jiggly butts.") The reactions to his tunes were absolutely priceless!
Lindsey Neely, Associate Producer
I have two favourite moments from this season. The first is the reality check that Dr. Penny received. The second is the lobster banding pitch, where the other Dragons taunted Arlene with more than one lobster.
One of my favourite moments from this season unfolds during this week's episode. Mark Rho, a passionate businessman from Victoria, B.C., pitches his product, Mascare. It's a unique sanitary mask designed for the food industry. While Mark does a fantastic job appealing to some Dragons, he makes a critical error and learns a lesson from Arlene that he won't soon forget. Find out if he walks away with a deal- and how the rest of our pitchers fare- in our exciting season finale. It's a great conclusion to a great season- one that our viewers and team won't soon forget!
Katie Cumby is a proud graduate of Carleton University's journalism program. Upon completing her degree, Katie traveled the South Pacific and gained valuable experience working as an editor for an Australian television station and freelancing for a figure skating magazine. After returning to Canada, Katie worked at Rogers Television and The Score Television Network before landing her first of many gigs at the CBC. When she's not hard at work in the Den, Katie enjoys competitive running, figure skating and playing her new favourite sport, soccer.Click to read more Tales from the Suite.
Posted on Mar 29, 2011 7:00:00 AM