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Mark Burnett

Legendary Reality TV Producer, Survivor & The Apprentice

What most people do not know is that Burnett has his own survival story to tell, and it is every bit as riveting as the show. As recently as the 1990s, he was selling T-shirts on the beach in southern California. But, through a combination of inspiration, determination and sheer nerve, he transformed his life, went on to produce an Emmy-winning extreme sports program, and of course, created the most popular series on the air today.

BIO

Mark Burnett is the genius behind the wildly popular “Survivor” and “Apprentice” series — and the driving force behind reality television — Mark Burnett is the hottest producer in Hollywood. His well-known history of producing Emmy-nominated adventure television in international locations led CBS chief Les Moonves in 2004 to dub him “the most important producer in television.” Burnett’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped pioneer the success of the reality “unscripted” drama series and bring it to mainstream audiences worldwide.

Burnett began his career in unscripted drama by creating the adventure series and two-time Emmy Award-winning “Eco-Challenge.” In 2000, Burnett broke into primetime network television with the hit reality series, “Survivor.” Its debut season won two primetime Emmys, and the series continues — airing its 16th season this summer — to perennially earn multiple Emmy nominations. “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump was Burnett’s next breakout hit, premiering on NBC; it quickly became the top rated new series of the season. The Celebrity version of Apprentice is currently airing on NBC. In addition to the success of “The Apprentice” and “Survivor,” Burnett pulled in another ratings phenomenon with the hit game show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” which is currently being produced in 48 countries.

Mark Burnett is the genius behind the wildly popular “Survivor” and “Apprentice” series — and the driving force behind reality television — Mark Burnett is the hottest producer in Hollywood. His well-known history of producing Emmy-nominated adventure television in international locations led CBS chief Les Moonves in 2004 to dub him “the most important producer in television.” Burnett’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped pioneer the success of the reality “unscripted” drama series and bring it to mainstream audiences worldwide.

Burnett began his career in unscripted drama by creating the adventure series and two-time Emmy Award-winning “Eco-Challenge.” In 2000, Burnett broke into primetime network television with the hit reality series, “Survivor.” Its debut season won two primetime Emmys, and the series continues — airing its 16th season this summer — to perennially earn multiple Emmy nominations. “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump was Burnett’s next breakout hit, premiering on NBC; it quickly became the top rated new series of the season. The Celebrity version of Apprentice is currently airing on NBC. In addition to the success of “The Apprentice” and “Survivor,” Burnett pulled in another ratings phenomenon with the hit game show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” which is currently being produced in 48 countries.

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Dare to Succeed: How to Survive and Thrive in the Game of Life

Inside "Survivor" and "The Apprentice"

Leadership and Team Building

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