July 08, 2009 05:06 PM by Britteny Elrick
Today, the father of reality TV, Mark Burnett, was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.The Emmy Award winner, whohas produced more than 1,100 hours of television in over 70 countries, including shows such as: Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?,was also named one of TIMEMagazine’sMost Influential People.Keep reading for more details…
According to Hollywoodchamber.net, Mark Burnett has revolutionized television with such “reality” hits as Survivor (now ordered through its 20th season, making it America’s longest- running reality franchise), The Apprentice (9 seasons), The Contender (4 seasons), and the smash hit Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?( 3 seasons), He also produces the daytime syndicated hit Martha (5 seasons) and is currently filming 160 episodes of the syndicated version of 5th grader.
Burnett’s newest television projects include Shark Tank (ABC), Star Maker(MTV), Wedding Day(TNT), Bully Beatdown (MTV), How’d You Get So Rich?(TV Land), and Expedition(History), In May 2009, Mr. Burnett served as again as executive producer for the MTV Movie Awards and is a published author with two books about Survivor, and two others: Dare to Succeed and Jump In!
Burnett has won two Emmy Awards and his company has received 55 nominations. He also has garnered four People’s Choice Awards. TIME magazine named him one of the Most Influential People in the World, and TV Guide recognized him as the number one Most Valuable Player. Burnett has also won BRANDWEEK’S Marketer of the Year Award, the prestigious ROSE D’OR FRAPA Format Award and the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award.
In 2007, Burnett was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He serves on the board of directors for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation and is a major supporter of Operation Smile. He has also served two terms on the board of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Mr. Burnett is a veteran of the famed British Army’s Parachute Regiment with whom he served in the Falklands War.
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