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Mark Burnett Biography

Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Producer, reality series creator

Fast Facts

  • Joined the British Army Parachute Regiment at 17 and served from 1977 to 1982
  • Was awarded active service medals in both the Northern Island and Falklands conflicts
  • Moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and worked as a nanny, at an insurance company and selling T-shirts on Venice Beach
  • Became a U
  • S
  • citizen in 1990
  • Created his first TV series, Eco-Challenge, in 1995 after participating in the Raid Gauloises, an annual endurance race that began in 1989
  • Developed the concept for Survivor---based on a Swedish reality series---which was immediately successful upon its debut in May 2000
  • Teamed up with business tycoon Donald Trump to launch reality competition The Apprentice in 2004
  • Married his second wife, Roma Downey, in a 2007 Malibu beach ceremony officiated by actor Della Reese
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: nominated
  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: winner
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: winner
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: winner
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: winner
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Structured Reality Program: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Special Class Program: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Special Class): winner

Relationships

  • Diane Burnett -- Ex-wife
  • Archie Burnett -- Father
  • Cameron -- Son
  • James -- Son
  • Reilly Anspaugh -- Stepdaughter