Mark Burnett
Courtesy of MGM
United Kingdom
2021

MGM Television

Mark
Burnett

Chairman, Worldwide Television Group

Burnett’s future in the executive ranks is still a question mark as Amazon works to complete its $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM. As a significant shareholder in MGM, he is set to see a huge windfall from the transaction. As a producer, Burnett has kept his sturdy network franchises — CBS’ “Survivor,” NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Shark Tank” — going strong while the Jamie Foxx-fronted music competition series “Beat Shazam” made it to season 4 on Fox. MGM Television is seeing the benefits of the acquisitions of busy reality banners such as Big Fish Entertainment and Evolution Entertainment. Burnett also orchestrated a shakeup in MGM’s scripted operations. Longtime executive Steve Stark exited for a production pact in March 2021 as Epix chief Michael Wright added oversight of content development.

Career

  • THE HANDMAID'S TALE
  • FARGO
  • BEAT SHAZAM

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Reality TV Impact
  • Television Impact
  • Variety Billion Dollar Producer
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What's Next for MGM TV and Mark Burnett After Amazon Acquisition?

What's Next for MGM TV and Mark Burnett After Amazon Acquisition?

Amazon's announcement of its $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM emphasized the value of the MGM movie library to the Amazon Prime streaming service. But the transaction raises big questions about what will become of existing MGM's television group, headed by Mark Burnett.Burnett is already a big winner in the deal as he is poised to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars as the owner of a small stake in MGM. The producer who made his mark with "Survivor" and...

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