Newark Symphony Hall Chosen to Host New TV Show 'America’s Big Deal'

“We are pleased that ‘America’s Big Deal’ has chosen Newark Symphony Hall for its debut season,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “This project will not only boost recognition of our city’s most historic performing arts venue, but it will also serve as an economic development tool by creating jobs for local residents, helping put event staff and stagehands back to work.”

Each week entrepreneurs will take the stage for a product pitch. The contestant with the highest dollar sales before the buying window closes during the episode will win the chance to strike a life-changing deal with one of the show's retail giants.

Hosted by Emmy Award-nominated "Access Hollywood" journalist Scott Evans, “America’s Big Deal” aims to empower audiences to shop live using ShoppableTV and NBCUniversal Checkout to turn entrepreneurs' dreams into reality.

The production of the new show at Newark Symphony Hall is also aimed to help regenerate a workforce that has been inoperative for nearly 18 months due to COVID-19.

“Part of Newark Symphony Hall’s mission is to leverage our venue for economic development, including creating jobs for Newark residents,” said Taneshia Nash Laird, president and CEO, Newark Symphony Hall. “As we begin to reopen after COVID lockdowns, we expect to attract more television and film productions at our historic performing arts center, which includes a 2,800-seat concert hall, a 1,200-person ballroom and a 250-seat black box theater.”

“New Jersey is enjoying a record amount of production work this year, and Newark continues to be a magnet for film and television projects,” added Steve Gorelick, executive director of the NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission. “A unique show such as ‘America’s Big Deal’ will bring great excitement to the city, and we are thrilled to welcome their production team.”

Newark Symphony Hall also joined forces with the Newark Alliance to host a free job training program for aspiring production assistants. The program – exclusive to Newark residents – is part of the venue's new Training Academy, created to help people build careers in arts and entertainment.

For a sneak peek of the show, visit: . For the latest updates on “America’s Big Deal,” visit

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published this page in News and Politics 2021-10-08 03:13:58 -0700