Ken Fuchs Interview: ‘Shark Tank’ director
“At the end of the day we’re just telling great stories,” says “Shark Tank” director Ken Fuchs. “We bring in these entrepreneurs and change their lives.” Now in its 10th season, the show features ambitious up-and-comers pitching their business ideas to a group of “sharks,” including billionaire Mark Cuban. Fuchs has been with the show since 2010, but he just received his career-first Primetime Emmy nomination this year for directing the series. Watch our exclusive video interview with him above.
A veteran of reality TV (“The Bachelor” and its spin-offs) and game shows (“Family Feud”), Fuchs describes “Shark Tank” as “a hybrid” of the two formats, which he loves “because it brings some of the field reality moments that we get on ‘Bachelor’ and some of the live game show elements that we get on some of my other stage shows.” So it all comes together “in this really nice melding of the two worlds.”
Though Fuchs is a Primetime Emmys rookie, he has competed at the Daytime Emmys five times: four for “Family Feud” (Best Game Show in 2013 and Best Game Show Directing from 2016-2018) and once for “The Roseanne Show” (Best Talk Show Directing in 1999). He has twice contended at the DGA Awards for his work on “Shark Tank” (2016-2017). And he is currently helming the CNBC reboot of “Deal or No Deal” with Howie Mandel.
“Shark Tank” has won four consecutive Emmys as Best Structured Reality Program (2014-2017) and is nominated again this year.