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Burnett in August 2010
17 July 1960 |
London, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Television producer, Executive producer|
|Spouse(s)||Dianne J. Burnett (née Valentine) (ca. 1991–2003; divorced); 2 sons
Roma Downey (m. 2007)
|Children||James and Cameron Burnett
Reilly Anspaugh (stepdaughter)
Mark Burnett (born 17 July 1960) is a British television producer, based in Los Angeles. Burnett is currently the executive producer of five network television series with seven hours of network programming. His current series are The Bible, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice, and Shark Tank. Burnett has won four Emmy Awards and four People's Choice Awards.
Burnett has worked with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Shakira, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Martha Stewart, Sarah Palin, Jeff Foxworthy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Donald Trump, among others. In 2011, Burnett sold 50% of his company to the Hearst Corporation.
Early life 
Mark Burnett was born on 17 July 1960 in London, England, the only child of Archie and Jean Burnett, both Scottish Ford Motors factory workers, and was raised in Dagenham, Essex. His father was a Roman Catholic and his mother was a Presbyterian. At age seventeen, he enlisted in the British Army, and became a Section Commander in the Parachute Regiment. From 1978–82 he served with the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) and saw action during the Falklands War. He is a naturalized United States citizen.
Early career 
In October 1982, Burnett decided to immigrate to the United States, where he met up with a friend, Nick Hill, who had also emigrated from Britain a few years earlier and was working as a nanny and chauffeur. Hill knew of an open position for a live-in nanny position with the Jaeger family in Beverly Hills, the interview for which was that night. Although he had no experience in that field, Burnett took the opportunity, and because of his military background, the Jaegers, realizing the advantage of having a nanny and security at the same time, hired him. After a year of working for the Jaegers, he moved on to another family in Malibu, taking care of two boys for $250 a week. He was eventually given a position in the insurance office owned by Burt, the father of the two boys.Two years later, he decided to rent a portion of a fence at Venice Beach and sell T-shirts for $18 each during weekends. Realizing he made more money selling t-shirts, Burnett left his insurance job.
In 1991, Burnett, along with four others, joined a French adventure competition called the Raid Gauloises. After competing, Burnett saw a business opportunity in holding similar competitions. He purchased the format rights and brought a similar competition, Eco-Challenge, to America. Eco-Challenge launched Burnett's career as a television producer.
Mark Burnett is best known for producing the hit reality show, Survivor, which premiered in the summer of 2000 and was the most watched summer series since Sonny and Cher. Survivor was named the Number 1 reality series of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2009.
Burnett has produced several other television franchises including: The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Shark Tank, and The Voice.. Mark also has a strong presence in award show franchises, having produced the “MTV Movie Awards” from 2007 to 2011, the annual “People’s Choice Awards” since 2010, the “Video Game Awards” (Spike) and the 2011 “Primetime Emmy Awards.”
Mark has produced over 1,200 hours of television programming which regularly airs in over 70 countries worldwide. Past shows include Bully Beatdown, Combat Missions, The Contender, Expedition Africa, Expedition Impossible, How'd You Get So Rich?, Martha Stewart, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, On the Lot (a collaboration with Steven Spielberg), The Restaurant, Rock Star, Sarah Palin's Alaska, Stars Earn Stripes, Starmaker, Toughest Cowboy, and Wedding Day.
Currently,[when?] Burnett's shows are winning in ratings for their time slots 4 out of 7 nights a week (5 nights a week when Celebrity Apprentice was airing in the early half of 2012). Burnett has completed the milestone of having a renewed series on each of the four major broadcast networks.
In addition to his ongoing productions, Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, produced The Bible, a 10 hour History Channel drama based upon stories of the Bible. The Bible has become the number 1 new series on cable TV in 2013 and was the #1 series in Canada, Spain, and Portugal.  In total, with subsequent airings, 'The Bible' has been seen by more than 100 million viewers . According to 20th Century Fox, "The Bible" ranks as the fastest-selling TV title released on home video in the last five years, and ranks as the top miniseries title ever during its first week of release.
Personal life 
Burnett's first marriage was to Dianne Burnett (nee Valentine) and produced two sons, James and Cameron. During their marriage the two formed DJB aka Mark Burnett Productions as a company to produce film and television projects. Shows produced through this company during their marriage include Eco-Challenge and Survivior. After their divorce, and retaining Burnett as her last name, Dianne founded Burnett Entertainment to produce the film Jam. The couple filed for legal separation in September 2002 and a judgment for legal separation was granted in December 2003. In January 2004, Mark began dating actress Roma Downey, and in November 2006, while the two were vacationing with their children in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, he proposed to her. They wed on 28 April 2007 in their Malibu home. The ceremony was officiated by Downey's former costar, Della Reese.
Awards, honours and affiliations 
Time called Burnett one of the Most Influential People in the World Today. Burnett was also named “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Reality Cares Foundation. Furthermore, Burnett has won both Brandweeks’s Marketer of the Year Award, the prestigious Rose d’Or Frapa Format Award, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, and the Norman Lear Award from the Producers Guild of America. He served for two years on the Board of Directors for the British Film and Television Academy.
In November 2007, Mark Burnett was elected into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame and in 2008, it was announced that he would be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On 8 July 2009 Burnett received a star at 6664 Hollywood Blvd. In June 2011, Burnett was elected into the Producers Guild of America Council Board of Delegates and currently serves on the Producers Council. He is also an ambassador for Operation Smile. In 2013, Mark and Roma's ten hour mini series The Bible received The Parents Television Council 2013 Seal of Approval.
- 2004: Reality Cares Foundation 'Philanthropist of the Year'
- 2004: Time Magazine: 'Time 100: 100 Most Influential People in the World Today'
- 2009: Producers Guild of America 'Norman Lear Award'
- 2009: Hollywood Walk of Fame Star: 'Excellence in Television'
- 2010: Producers Guild of America 'Lifetime Achievement Award in Television'
Project recognition 
Since 2001, projects with which Burnett is associated have been nominated for 71 shared Emmy Awards and have won 4. They have also won 4 shared People's Choice Awards, a Banff Rocky, 2 British Academy Television Awards, and the prestigious Rose D'Or Frapa Format Award.
- 2001, won 'Outstanding Non-Fiction Programming', Special Class, for Survivor: The Australian Outback;
- 2001, won 'Outstanding Sound Mixing for Non-Fiction Programming, for Survivor: The Australian Outback
- 2002, 4 nominations, Survivor: Africa and Survivor: Marquesas (judged as one show)
- 2003, 4 nominations, Survivor: Thailand and Survivor: Amazon (judged as one show)
- 2004, 4 nominations, The Apprentice
- 2005, nomination for 'Outstanding Reality Competition Show' for Survivor
- 2005, 5 nominations, The Apprentice
- 2006, nomination for 'Outstanding Reality Competition Show' for Survivor
- 2008, won 'Best Family Television Reality Show, Game Show or Documentary for Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
- 2005, won 'Best Feature' for The Apprentice
- 2012, won 'Best Reality & Constructed Factual Show' for Young Apprentice
- 2004, nomination 'Breakout TV Show' for The Apprentice
- 2008, nominated 'Choice TV Game Show' for Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
- 2001, won 'Favorite Reality Based Television Program' for Survivor
- 2002, won 'Favorite Realty Based Television Program' for Survivor: The Australian Outback
- 2003, won 'Favorite Reality Based Television Program' for Survivor: Thailand
- 2004, won 'Favorite Reality Based Television Program' for Survivor
- 2008, nomination 'Favorite Game Show' for Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
- 2008, nomination 'Favorite Reality Show' for Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
- 2006, nomination 'Outstanding Service Show' for Martha
- 2007, nomination 'Outstanding Lifestyle Program' for Martha
- 2011, won 'Outstanding Lifestyle Program' for Martha
- 2001, won 'Reality/Alternative Programming' for Survivor: The Australian Outback
- 2013, 'Seal of Approval' for "The Bible Series"
- 2004, won 'Television Producer of the Year in Reality/Game/Informational Series' for Survivor
- TV Critic's Association Awards
- 2004, won 'Program of the Year' for The Apprentice
- TV Week's Annual Critics Poll
- 2003, won 'Number 1 Reality Show' for Survivor
- 2003, won 'Number 7 Favorite Show' for Survivor
- 2001, won 'Most Diverse Television Ensemble Cast' for Survivor: The Australian Outback
- GLAAD Award
- 2001, won 'Recognition Award' for Survivor
- 2001, won 'Super Reggie' for 'Multi-Channel Integrated Promotion Involving Consumer and Trade Special' for Survivor
- 2001, won 'Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Award for Television' for Survivor
- 2000, won 'Best Program Achievement' for Eco-Challenge: Morocco
- 2012, won 'Cheekiest of Cheeky Bastards Alive' from Ricky Gervais
- Downey, Roma & Mark Burnett. Making The Bible a Daunting, Deep Experience, Huffington Post, February 28, 2013.
- Mark Burnett: IMDB profile
- "Mark Burnett biography". Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on “The Bible”, PBS March 8, 2013.
- Jump In! pp. 16-25. Copyright © 2005 by Mark Burnett, Ballantine Books, Random House, Inc., New York; ISBN 0-345-48098-8
- Hochman, David (14 July 2000). "And The Banned Played On". Entertainment Weekly.
- 20 Best Reality-TV Shows Ever EW.com
- Country Singer Blake Shelton Rounds Out 'The Voice' Team Of Coaches - Deadline.com
- Elber, Lynn (24 May 2011). "'The Bible': History Channel, Mark Burnett Creating CGI 10-Hour Miniseries". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- Press Release. Roma Downey And Mark Burnett's #1 New Cable Series THE BIBLE Is Also A New York Times Best Seller, Dominating Amazon And Is #1 On iTunes And #1 On Twitter, March 25, 2013.
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- "In re the Marriage of J. MARK and DIANNE J. BURNETT,". Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. BD376427. Retrieved October 08, 2011.
- staff (December 29, 2010). "Some women are amazing—others are nothing short of riveting and unforgettable like… Dianne Burnett". Beverly Hills Times. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- Michael Starr (Nov 28, 2006). "BURNETT FINDS HIS 'ANGEL'". New York Post. Retrieved October 08, 2011.
- Sharon Cotliar and Cynthia Wang. "Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Engaged" People.com November 27, 2006
- Wang, Cynthia. "Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Marry in Malibu" People.com 29 April 2007
- Time magazine: TIME 100 Burnett profile
- The Apprentice, Mark Burnett bio at NBC.com
- The Hollywood Reporter article on Burnett's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Buzz Media. "Press Release". Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- PGA. "Award-Winning Televsion Producer Mark Burnett to Be Honored with 2010 Norman Lear Achievement Award". PGA. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- Weber, Scott. "Mark "Survivor" Burnett Gets Hollywood Walk of Fame Star". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- Emmys. "Primetime Emmy Awards". Emmys. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- IMDB. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader". IMDB.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- BAFTA. "British Academy Television Awards (2005)". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- BAFTA. "British Academy Television Awards (2012)". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
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