Sony Once Insulted Mark Cuban By Offering Him $30,000 Per Episode of ‘Shark Tank’

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While Sony’s mountains of dirty laundry are still being aired out after the cyberattacks, here’s an interesting exchange that’s floated to the surface between Mark Cuban and Sony, who produces the show “Shark Tank” on ABC.

Sony once tried to do some negotiating of their own with the billionaire Shark — their offer? A mere $30,000 per episode. His response in email was very typical of Cuban:


no chance… this is beyond an insult and it shows no one cares about the investments I have made or the entrepreneurs

now it’s really business..

I will negotiate like any other deal I would do

you may want to start cutting me out of the promos


After the email leaked, Cuban publically addressed it on CNN to Brian Stelter, saying, “It’s nothing I wouldn’t have said publicly.”

“If they want me to continue to do ‘good television’ and make investments that I like to do but that I otherwise would not have done or would not have been accessible to me, then it’s a decision they have to make. And if we don’t come to a resolution, I’ll leave the show.”

Considering that Ashton Kutcher is pulling $750,000 an episode on “Two and a Half Men” and Mark Cuban is making million-dollar investments to grow companies, $30,000 has never sounded more like a waste of time. The guy probably makes that in his sleep.

Source: Business Insider
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