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Interview: Kevin Harrington, Infomercial Pioneer, Investor shark on ABC’s Shark Tank show and Author of Act Now on Got Invention Radio


Kevin Harrington has served as chairman of the Company since its inception and as chief executive officer of TV Goods, Inc. since its inception. He is widely acknowledged as a pioneer and principal architect of the “infomercial” industry. In 1984 Mr. Harrington produced one of the industry’s first 30 minute infomercials. Mr. Harrington has been involved with over 500 product launches resulting in sales of over $4 billion worldwide and 20 products reaching individual sales of over $100 million. Mr. Harrington founded Quantum International, Ltd. in 1988 which merged into National Media Corporation in 1991.

Under Harrington’s leadership as its President National Media reached $500 million in annual sales with distribution in over 100 countries in 20 languages. Additional entrepreneurial startups for which Harrington served as CEO included a joint venture with HSN, Inc. (HSN Direct) in 1994 and Reliant International Media in 1997. Reliant was sold to Response TV PLC, which was controlled by the Koo banking family of Taiwan in January, 2007. Harrington co-founded OmniReliant Holdings Inc. in 2006. Mr. Harrington has established two global networking associations; the Entrepreneur’s Organization (E.O.) and the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA). Mr. Harrington currently stars as an investor “Shark” on the television series “Shark Tank”. He recently released a book entitled “Act Now”. This book chronicles Kevin‘s life and experiences in the DRTV industry. Kevin’s co-author is William Simon who co-authored with Steven Jobs, the NY Times best-selling book “Icon.”

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