Mark Burnett


MGM promotes Barry Poznick to lead expanded non-scripted drive

MGM’s Barry Poznick has been promoted to lead unscripted and alternative television for the business as it expands from its foundations in reality. The former president of unscripted has been promoted to president of MGM/Orion unscripted and alternative television, after extending his contract with the business. While overseeing unscripted programmes for MGM, Poznick will now […]

Amazon greenlights Burnett’s Eco-Challenge, partners with Neil Gaiman

Amazon Studios has greenlit a revival of competition series Eco-Challenge from Survivor creator Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls. The SVOD platform has ordered Eco-Challenge 2019, which sends more than 50 teams on a 350-mile race that spans canoeing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting and scuba diving. The program (pictured below), which aired in the 1990s across Discovery Channel […]

Mark Burnett becomes MGM chairman

MGM has promoted Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett to chairman of its Worldwide Television Group. Burnett was formerly president of MGM Television and Digital Group, a role he has held since 2015. He will now take global responsibility for television creative and production and he has extended his contract through to 2022. The exec joined […]

Aalderink and Lubbers band with MGM in Euro formats push

US studio MGM has set up a Dutch-based formats development operations with European programming execs Roy Aalderink and Peter Lubbers. The creation of Concept Street comes after MGM scored a coproduction pact with Redseven Entertainment in Germany last November to create local shows and remake MGM formats. The new Dutch company will have a similar […]

Burnett & Darnell create ‘entertainment Olympics’ show for CBS

Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell (below right) have joined forces to conjure up the “Olympics for entertainment” – a format called The World’s Best for US broadcaster CBS. The format is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet”. Each episode will […]

Mark Burnett’s Contender boxes clever with Epix reboot

The Mark Burnett-created boxing reality series The Contender is returning to US television screens after almost a decade. MGM-owned premium cable channel Epix has commissioned a new run of the show, which has previously aired on NBC, ESPN and Versus (aka NBCSN). Epix is lining up a twelve-part season featuring 16 fighters, with production set […]

MGM forms JV with Redseven

MGM Worldwide Television has formed a coproduction joint venture with Germany’s Redseven Entertainment. The partnership agreement was described as “multi-year”, and will see the pair look to place MGM unscripted formats such as Steve Harvey’s Funderdome and American Gladiators in Germany. The pair will coproduce any local commissions from Germany’s broadcasters. Redseven is part of […]

MGM buys Real Housewives prodco Evolution

Mark Burnett’s MGM Television and Digital Group has acquired the creator of the Real Housewives franchise, Evolution Media. MGM has been pushing into unscripted programming in a major way since it bought full control of Burnett’s United Artists Media Group at end-2015. Evolution will now operate as an independent producer within the MGM group, with […]

NBC’s alternative all stars

Amid the golden age of TV drama, NBC has done something remarkable in launching and sustaining unscripted hits that have fuelled the broadcaster’s hot streak. Mindful that the likes of The Voice, Got Talent and Ninja Warrior provide great numbers but no back-end, it created an unscripted studio last year. With Paul Telegdy in overall […]

Mark Burnett launching Light TV channel

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and MGM are launching Light TV, a new family and faith-based digital channel. MGM TV boss and US producer Burnett and his wife Downey already run faith-based prodco LightWorkers Media, and their new net will run as a local digital channel in the US. It will launch in partnership with Fox’s […]

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