FremantleMedia

March 01, 2007 09:00 ET

ABC's "American Inventor" Begins Second Season Search to Discover The Hottest New Product and Make One Struggling Inventor's Dream Come True

BURBANK, CA--(Collegiate Presswire - March 1, 2007) - FremantleMedia North America, producers of "American Idol," are coming to a major city near you this Spring as they kick off the second season of ABC's AMERICAN INVENTOR. A nationwide search to discover the ultimate in homespun ingenuity will make one struggling inventor's dream come true with a grand prize of one million dollars and the opportunity to market their product worldwide. Last year's champion, Janusz Liberkowski, a Polish immigrant inventor from Los Gatos, California, parlayed his prototype infant car seat, the Anecia Survival Capsule, into a partnership with Evenflo®, an industry leader now working with Liberkowski to help make the product a reality.

The biggest search for America's best new invention will take place in various cities across the country, at locations that speak to the spirit of ingenuity and innovation. Initial audition cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Orlando and Houston. Each week during the first six episodes, one winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and given fifty thousand dollars seed money to further develop and refine their product for the semi-final round. Auditions are open to both individuals and teams, and contestants need only enter with a sketch, a prototype, or even a simple concept. Most importantly, the invention must be something that can be mass produced and sold to consumers in a retail outlet. In the end, it will be up to the American public to call in and place their votes for the invention they feel is worthy of the coveted grand prize.

Casting calls will be held in the following six cities:

* Los Angeles (March 19, 2007)

* San Francisco (March 25, 2007)

* Chicago (March 30, 2007)

* New York City (April 4, 2007)

* Orlando (April 9, 2007)

* Houston (April 13, 2007)

Brought to you by FremantleMedia North America, Simon Cowell's Syco Television and British business tycoon Peter Jones' Peter Jones TV Ltd., AMERICAN INVENTOR is ABC's primetime reality show that celebrates the spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Auditions are open to anyone of any age with a great idea, but all person(s) under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No invention is too big or too small. So if you believe you have the next great product, grab your invention and join us at one of our auditions.

For more information, such as applications, eligibility requirements, dates and addresses for our nationwide casting calls, please go to www.AmericanInventor.tv or call (888) 703-7728. PLEASE NOTE: This competition is subject to applicable rules, which are subject to modification at any time in the producer's discretion.

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a division of global media giant FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA currently produces some of the most innovative and highest-rated entertainment on television, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" for Fox, "America's Got Talent" and "Thank God You're Here" for NBC, "American Inventor" for ABC, "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" for Oxygen, "Property Ladder" for TLC, "Monarch Cove" for Lifetime, the daily syndicated "Family Feud", and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" for CBS.

FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 34 television channels and 30 radio stations in 11 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company, Bertelsmann AG.

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