KTLA’s Sam Rubin Jumps Into the Shark Tank

The parent company of The Hollywood Reporter is putting on a big convention this weekend in downtown LA called Reality Rocks. For $35.00 a day, attendees can schmooze with a portion of the execs, casting directors, personalities, and other industry figures that keep a great many of this town’s production facilities humming.

There are also a number of celebrity panels. The one that caught FishbowlLA’s eye is a live version of ABC’s Friday night show Shark Tank, scheduled for 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday and moderated by man-about-town Sam Rubin. Here’s the condensed blurb:

Rubin, FUBU CEO-founder Daymond John and HDNet-Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will challenge Reality Rocks attendees to “pitch” their business idea live, in 140 characters or less.

Based on these “Twitter pitches”, a lucky few will be chosen to present their Shark Tank idea and gain immediate feedback from Rubin, John, and Cuban. Others in the audience will learn how using social media networking strategically can make or break their business.

Other panels scheduled for the April 9th-10th confab include a tribute to reality pioneer Jonathan Murray (Bunim/Murray Productions), an American Idol alumni chat moderated by LA Times reporter Scott Collins, and an adults-only preview of new “TV for 2” Playboy channel programming such as the animated Celebrity Sex Tales.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.