Mark Burnett

NBC greenlights full A.D. series

US broadcast network has given the greenlight to a 12-episode run of The Bible follow up A.D. Survivor producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey will produce the series through their LightWorkers Media imprint, with Richard Bedser also executive producing. The show, which NBC announced earlier this year, will “most likely air in spring […]

News brief: US Survivor reaches 30

CBS has commissioned two more seasons of evergreen competition reality series Survivor, taking it into its 30th edition. The most recent edition, Survivor: Blood Vs. Water, ends with a finale show and a one-hour live reunion programme this Sunday (December 16). Mark Burnett and host Jeff Probst will executive produce seasons 29 and 30, which […]

Mark Burnett cooking series On the Menu for TNT

Turner-owned cablenet TNT has given the greenlight to a new cooking series from The Bible producer Mark Burnett. On the Menu (WT) is being billed as “the first cooking show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode”. TNT has given the show a 10-episode run and pencilled in […]

Rewriting The Bible

Television’s most consistent independent producer Mark Burnett tells Jesse Whittock about the success of History miniseries The Bible, why its sequel ended up with NBC and his plans to expand further into international distribution and create Arabic-language programming What do you do if, 13 years after producing the reality show that redefined  US primetime television, […]

Burnett, Branson go to space with NBC

NBC is continuing to bet big on primetime with the commission of a competition reality series from The Bible‘s Mark Burnett and Richard Branson in which everyday people compete for the chance to travel to space. The commission of Space Race comes weeks after the expensive Million Second Quiz ended following a two week daily […]

Mark Burnett plots third-party sales, Beyond the Bible follow up

Mark Burnett’s prodco One Three Media is moving into third-party sales for the first time, the prolific producer has told TBI. In a wide ranging interview, the Bible and Shark Tank producer also revealed he is working on a third faith-based scripted series that will follow his upcoming miniseries for NBC. On the distribution front, […]

NBC preps miniseries slate including Clinton bio, Rosemary’s Baby

NBC is working on a slate of miniseries that includes a biopic of Hilary Clinton and TV reworkings of Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King’s novel Tommyknockers. The miniseries form is enjoying a global resurgence and US broadcast network NBC recently ordered A.D.: After the Bible, the follow-up to cable net History’s smash hit miniseries The […]

Mark Burnett project launches new digital venture

Smokebomb Entertainment founders Daniel Dales and Jarrett Sherman have launched a new digital venture and have a deal in place for a project with Mark Burnett. The pair exited Smokebomb last July four years after Canadian producer Shaftesbury Films acquired the company to become its digital arm. They have now launched Digital Howard, which will […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

Mark Burnett gameshow headed for Canadian channel

Canadian channel CHCH has commissioned a local version of a new Mark Burnett-developed gameshow. Local producer Suddenly SeeMore… Productions is creating a 13-week run on Spin Off, a 30-minute “trivia and chance” series in which contestants can win thousands of dollars through the spin of a wheel. The series has already been taped and is […]