Jonathan Murray

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Jonathan Murray
Jonathan Murray
Born 1955
Gulfport, Mississippi
Other names Jon Murray
Occupation Television producer

Jonathan Murray (born 1955) is an American television producer and co-creator of MTV's The Real World, Road Rules, and the Oxygen Network's The Bad Girls Club.


Murray attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School and is currently in their Hall of Distinction.[citation needed] He went on to earn a degree from Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri in 1977.[1]

Murray founded Bunim-Murray with partner Mary-Ellis Bunim. Agent Mark Itkin of the William Morris Agency put the two together to develop a scripted soap opera for MTV. When that was too expensive, they decided to try an unscripted soap and the Real World was born. "We knew within 20 minutes of shooting that we had a show," Bunim said.[citation needed]

Murray and Bunim's company, Bunim/Murray Productions, spearheaded the reality television genre. Among the numerous other reality programs that Murray and Bunim co-created over the years were Road Rules, Love Cruise, Making the Band, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, the reality feature film The Real Cancun, the real-life daily syndicated Starting Over, as well as Fox's The Simple Life. Bunim/Murray Productions are also executive producers on Project Runway for Lifetime and for Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Khloe and Lamar, all on E!.

Murray and Bunim were inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012.

His niece, Hailey Murray, appeared on the daytime reality series, Starting Over, another show he helped create, during the show's first season, with her mother, Lynnell.[2]

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