Mark Burnett
United States United Kingdom
2019

MGM Television

Mark
Burnett

Chairman, Worldwide Television Group

Even as the market for reality television has contracted, Burnett will never be voted off the island. His flagship “Survivor” premiered its 39th season this fall, and two other long-running hits, “The Voice” and “Shark Tank,” haven’t stopped racking up Emmy nominations. In 2019, Burnett and MGM Television, for which he serves as chairman, launched a new division for international unscripted formats. MGM shows “Fargo” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” continue to find success, and the company’s Epix acquisition opened up to original programming with such series as “Get Shorty.” His alliance with Donald Trump on “The Apprentice” and afterward has periodically dragged him into the news, but his behind-the-scenes work beats back any bad press. Burnett’s contract with MGM runs through 2022. 

Career

  • MGM Television
  • THE APPRENTICE
  • SURVIVOR: DAVID VS. GOLIATH

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Reality TV Impact
  • Television Impact
  • Variety Billion Dollar Producer
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President Trump Bashes Report of Talks With Mark Burnett for New 'Apprentice' Series

President Trump Bashes Report of Talks With Mark Burnett for New 'Apprentice' Series

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to blast as "fake news" a report earlier this week that he is planning to develop a TV series with "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett following his time in the White House.On Thursday, the Daily Beast reported that Trump has been talking to Burnett, a prolific reality producer who now heads MGM Worldwide Television, about doing another TV series together after the end of his presidency. The report asserted that Burnett...

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