Syfy is moving forward with the Silicon Valley-based docu-series The Bazillion Dollar Club, which follows notable tech financier Dave McClure and tech innovator Brady Forrest, the creative mind behind the hardware accelerator Highway1. Their companies offer two of the world’s most aggressive accelerator programs that mentor startups leading up to the launch of their billion dollar idea. The six episode, one-hour series goes before the cameras later this year and will air in 2015.
Syfy president Dave Howe said in a statement, “The Bazillion Dollar Club gives our audience of imaginative thinkers the opportunity to literally invent the future by bringing to life their visionary ideas and dreams. This show is important to Syfy’s unscripted strategy to engage fans with entertaining and informative real-world drama that taps into their curiosity, passion and creativity.”
“Part of the fun of science fiction is seeing all of the fantastic gadgets and technologies, and imagining how they could exist in the real world,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s EVP, Original Content. Added Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Series Development and Production, Syfy, “The inventors that are part of Dave and Brady’s program are developing products and technology that seem like they are ripped straight from the world of sci-fi, but these innovations will be our future reality.”
Of those companies that McClure has contributed coin to: the social media startup Wildfire, which was acquired by Google for $350M; financial monitoring service Credit Karma, recently valued at over $1B; and telephony innovator Twilio, which has raised over $100M in venture capital. In just five years, his venture capital firm has raised over $2B for tech entrepreneurs. He was also an early employee at PayPal, working with the infamous “PayPal Mafia,” a group of tech entrepreneurs who later founded multiple billion dollar startup companies including LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp and Yammer.
Forrest is a tech revolutionary, who has been supportive to those looking to launch the next game-changing product. At Highway1, Forrest serves as VP. The company has been behind the hardware initiatives at CUE, the mobile medical testing kit; Navdy’s iPhone HUD for cars; Drop’s connected baking assistant; and Ringly’s fashionable connected rings. Under Forrest’s leadership, PCH & Highway1 have bankrolled over 35 innovative consumer product companies.
The Bazillion Dollar Club is produced by Zero Point Production (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; The Hunt with John Walsh) with EPs Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins and Craig H. Shepherd, and co-EP Abigail Shafran.