New York, NY. (October 28, 2014) – Ora.TV and Smart Women Smart Ideas (SWSI) debuted today the 3-episode special series “QUEEN BEE” a multi-screen reality competition to find outstanding female entrepreneurs. Hosted by writer, producer and entrepreneur, Tonya Lewis Lee, the show features a panel of successful executives and entrepreneurs, who will mentor the “QUEEN BEE” contestants as they pitch, develop, manufacture and market their products in attempt to create America’s next big consumer brand.The esteemed judges include, SVP, SAP, Former Walmart & Chrysler Exec and Fox Business contributor, Julie Roehm, Co-Founder of Send the Trend, Divya Gugnani, and Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, Lawrence Lenihan.
Developed by SWSI founders Heidi E. Lehmann and Marci Weisler, the series highlights the power of creative thinking and highlights the power of the female entrepreneur across the nation. With a unique approach to audience interaction, “QUEEN BEE” allow viewers to engage with their businesses by offering ways of crowd-funding to back ideas throughout the evolution of the series. Ora.TV’s powerful network provides the perfect platform to enhance social engagement. Each episode takes viewers through what it takes to originate an idea, pitch business, raise funding, development process and market a brand. In this limited special viewers are introduced to three entrepreneurs, Mo Wilkie creator of BeltCraft, Gabrielle Pullano of SugarKiss BakeShop and Jamie Futterman of JustJamie.“QUEEN BEE” is available today at www.ora.tv/queenbee
About Ora TV
Ora TV is a television production studio and on-demand digital network with its home at www.Ora.tv. Ora (which means "now" in Italian) launched in July 2012 with "Larry King Now," available on Hulu and on Ora.tv, viewed millions of times per month online, and broadcast on TV around the world.In 2014, Larry King Now was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Discussion and Analysis. In April of 2013, Ora TV acquired Stick Figure Studios, an Emmy award-winning documentary and reality series production company based in New York. Ora.tv / Stick Figure's other programming includes Politicking with Larry King, Wayward Nation, NewsBreaker, NewsBreaker en Espanol (hosted by Emmy winner Naibe Reynoso), Daily ReHash, DweebCast, Off The Grid with Jesse Ventura, Real Girl’s Kitchen with Haylie Duff (currently airing on The Cooking Channel), Catching Hell (currently airing on The Weather Channel), Beer Geeks (nominated for an Emmy in 2014) and the recently launched Brown Bag Wine Tasting with William Shatner.Recently Ora.TV announced the upcoming release of “The Collectors”, a series of 10 short films to be aired on 538.com and ESPN.com. Ora is funded by América Móvil, the leading Latin American wireless service provider, with a majority interest held by noted global business leader Carlos Slim Helú.