Mark Burnett

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 […]

TV companies join Sky in Drone Racing

A raft of international TV and media players have invested in the Drone Racing League. Yesterday pay TV platform Sky said it was sinking US$1 million into the Drone Racing League, and later in the day the DRL announced the other partners in its US$12 million funding round. ProSiebenSat.1, MGM and A+E backer Hearst are […]

Fox cancels one Burnett series, orders another

US broadcaster Fox has cancelled a Mark Burnett-produced dating series, but ordered a music-themed, interactive format from the prolific producer. At its TCA tour event, Fox revealed it had axed Coupled after one season, but picked up Beat Shazam, which counts The Voice producer Burnett (pictured), Beat the Lyrics creator Jeff Apploff and Shazam Entertainment […]

Burnett hires reality TV chief for MGM

MGM has recruited Barry Poznick as president of its unscripted division as, with Mark Burnett at the helm, it seeks to become a powerhouse in reality TV. Poznick will report to Burnett and the MGM move sees the pair reunited. They worked together on shows including Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? for Fox, How’d […]

Burnett, Harvey in business for ABC

Unscripted industry figures Mark Burnett and Steve Harvey are coming together to create a seed funding-focused business series for US broadcast network ABC. The series, currently unnamed, will go to air this season. It will see rival entrepreneurs pitch their ideas in front of a live studio audience, which will then vote for the winner. […]

Ex-MGM TV chief joins IMG in ents push

Former MGM Worldwide Television president Gary Marenzi has IMG Media has head of entertainment sales and partnerships. Marenzi will work out of LA and London at the UK-based sports media IMG, which is making a push into entertainment programming following it taking international distribution rights to BBC-AMC coproduction The Night Manager. This came after US […]

Burnett behind Fox dating series

US broadcaster Fox has ordered a ten-part dating reality series from new MGM Television president Mark Burnett. The untitled series will be shot in the Caribbean, and see make and female who are matched on ‘instant chemistry’. This comes after producer Burnett became president of MGM TV last month after US studio MGM bought out […]

Burnett takes over as Khanna exits MGM Television

Mark Burnett is taking control of MGM Television and Digital Group after the US studio acquired full control of United Artist Media Group. Burnett has signed a five-year contract to become president of the group, with current head of television and digital Roma Khanna stepping down. Simultaneously, MGM has bought the 45% of UAMG that […]

ITV brings Darnell-Burnett gameshow to UK

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local version of Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett’s big-ticket gameshow 500 Questions. ITV plans to launch its version in a primetime slot next year, with Warner Bros. Television Production UK-owned Wall to Wall producing a four-episode season. Wall to Wall stablemate Warner Bros. International Television Distribution sells the […]

Ex-CBS exec lands Netflix comedy role

Former CBS syndication executive Terry Wood is working with Netflix, overseeing the streaming service’s upcoming Chelsea Handler talk show. Wood left her post as president, creative affairs and development the Eye Network’s domestic distribution arm in 2010, and went on to join Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, where she became president, unscripted and original syndication. […]