David Chilton exiting CBC’s Dragons’ Den

From a media release:

CBC is excited to be moving forward with Season 10 of the fan-favourite Canadian series DRAGONS’ DEN, with national auditions launching in Toronto Saturday, Feb. 7 in the CBC atrium. Aspiring entrepreneurs across the country will once again be given a platform to bring their ideas to life on a series that was watched by almost one third of English Canadians so far this season, and the chance to partner with five high-profile investors.

Season 10 will continue to feature new and innovative business pitches, while special episodes will highlight past success stories, showing the impact the show has had on entrepreneurship in Canada, as well as how the deals have shaped businesses across the country. A selection of these companies will be featured in the Season 10 retrospective which will also highlight the evolution of Canadian small business trends, as illustrated by the various pitches throughout the years. Back again by popular demand, the Student Special will feature a selection of the top business pitches Canada’s youth have to offer, while checking in with some of the young entrepreneurs from years past to see where their start-ups have taken them with the help of the Dragons. Finally, the Second Chance Special is back with some of the most memorable pitchers from the Den — this time with select pitchers receiving mentorship from past pitchers who have found success in the Den.

Next season will also feature some changes, as Dragon David Chilton is leaving the show to focus on his deals full-time.

Having starred as a Dragon for three seasons, David closed 22 deals which include success stories like Awake Chocolate; Steeped Tea; Hand and Beak; Love Child Organics; and The Heft.

DRAGONS’ DEN is the top-rated Canadian unscripted program on this fall season, with an average audience of more than 1 million Canadians each week. In addition to its success on-air, DRAGONS’ DEN is also a hit online, boasting an active and engaged online community and averaging more than 650,000 page views per month. Full episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes content can be viewed at cbc.ca/dragonsden. DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC Television. Tracie Tighe is executive producer and Amy Bourne is senior producer. Dianne Buckner hosts.