Mark Burnett
United States United Kingdom

MGM Television


Chairman, Worldwide Television Group

Even as the market for reality television has contracted, Burnett will never be voted off the island. His flagship “Survivor” logged its 36th season, and two other long-running hits, “The Voice” and “Shark Tank,” are magnets for Emmy nominations. But his biggest accomplishment in the past year may be the muscular performance of MGM Television, for which he serves as chairman. MGM shows “Fargo” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” continue to find success, and the company’s Epix acquisition opened original programming with “Get Shorty” and boxing competition “The Contender.” His work with Donald Trump on “The Apprentice” has periodically dragged him into the news, but his prolific behind-the-scenes work beats back any bad press. MGM agrees: His contract was extended through 2022.


  • MGM Television

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Reality TV Impact
  • Television Impact
  • Variety Billion Dollar Producer
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Mark Burnett Will Not Be Prosecuted in Tom Arnold Scuffle

Mark Burnett Will Not Be Prosecuted in Tom Arnold Scuffle

Mark Burnett will not be prosecuted for an altercation with Tom Arnold at an Emmy party last month.The Los Angeles City Attorney's office, which handles misdemeanor cases, decided on Wednesday that there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge against the "Apprentice" producer. Arnold and Burnett got into a confrontation at the Sept. 16 party at the Lawn at Century Park in Century City.Arnold alleged on Twitter that Burnett had choked him, and said he had video to support his allegation....


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