Ben Nemtin

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Ben Nemtin
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Nemtin speaking at an event
Born (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 35)
OccupationExecutive producer, author & speaker
Years active2006–present

Ben Nemtin (born January 10, 1984) is a Canadian producer,[1] writer,[2] speaker[3] and television personality. He is the creator, executive producer and cast member of MTV series The Buried Life which aired in over 80 countries and is MTV's highest rated show ever on iTunes.[4] Ben is co-author of the book What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?. The book became a #1 New York Times Best Seller shortly after its release.

Ben has created and produced multiple television series for major networks and is a regular keynote speaker at global leadership and impact conferences.

About Nemtin[edit]

Nemtin was born in Victoria, British Columbia. After graduating high school, Ben was selected as a member of the Canadian national rugby team,[5] and earned academic and athletic scholarships to attend the University of Victoria. At University, fed up with the monotony of day-to-day life, Ben and his friends set out on a two-week road trip with a camera and a borrowed RV to complete a list of "100 things to do before you die." Along their journey, they asked people the question, "What do you want to do before you die?"[6] For each item they accomplished on their list, they helped a complete stranger do something on their own list.

After that road trip, Nemtin and his friends were approached by MTV Canada to make a television show but they respectfully passed not wanting to risk giving up creative control and jeopardizing the authenticity of The Buried Life. Nemtin and his friends secured funding independently in order to shoot a pilot and approached MTV in the United States, ultimately selling the show as Executive Producers and Creators, maintaining creative control and officially crossing off '#53: Make a TV Show'.

In the television series and beyond, Ben and his friends continue to help other people cross items off their bucket list including reuniting a father and son after 17 years,[7] helping a young man find a healthy kidney,[8] taking a hospitalized girl to see her first concert,[9] reuniting two long lost lovers,[10] surprising a girl born with one hand with a new bionic arm[11] and taking six kids to cross off 100 bucket list items in ten days in Europe.[12]

Nemtin and the creators of The Buried Life launched Four Peaks Media Group, a full-service production company that creates content and IP for television, film, and new media. Ben resides in Los Angeles and speaks regularly about doing the impossible and helping others.


Producing – Ben is co-founder of Four Peaks Media Group, a production company that creates mold-breaking programming for the GenZ and Millennial generations. Ben is Creator and Executive Producer of Dare to Live (MTV),[13] Movie Nite with Karlie Kloss (Freeform),[14] Greatest Party Story Ever (MTV)[15] and The Buried Life (MTV).[16]

Writing — Nemtin's book "What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?" (Artisan/Workman Publishing) hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list and stayed on the list for four weeks. Along with a sold-out multi-city, national book tour, Nemtin and his co-authors made appearances on the Today Show,[17] Rachael Ray[18] and Dr. Drew's Loveline.[19] The book was translated into 6 languages and sold in 6 foreign countries.

Public Speaking — Ben has delivered keynotes to over 300 businesses, associations and academic institutions including TEDxTeen,[20] TEDxRome,[21] TED Week, Harvard Law School,[22] The National Conference on Volunteering and Service,[23] We Day,[24] Kiwanas International Convention and SAE National Leadership Conference.[25] Ben has been invited to speak at Sundance Film Festival,[26] Mediacon Global Entertainment Summit[27] as well as hosted the Movember Gala and presented at the Do Something Awards and the Classy Awards.


Ben was invited to The White House to be acknowledged for his efforts in helping others and to play basketball with President Obama.[28]

Ben and his friends appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show where they helped a young girl conquer her fear of heights.[29]

Ben has been featured on Tim Ferriss' blog.[30]

Ben has been a guest on Lewis Howes' podcast.[31]

The Buried Life is MTV's highest rated show ever on iTunes and IMDB.

Ben and his friends helped make a $300,000 donation to the Keep America Beautiful Foundation and a $100,000 donation to the World Food Program.


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  2. ^ "'Buried Life' Book Makes Best Seller List, #19 Crossed Off Bucket List". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  3. ^, Executive Speakers Bureau,. "Ben Nemtin | Executive Speakers Bureau". Retrieved September 22, 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "The Buried Life, Season 1 on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "10 Facts About 'Buried Life' Star Ben Nemtin". Celebuzz. September 27, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  6. ^ The Buried Life (December 26, 2006), MTV News Interviews The Buried Life in 2006 | The Buried Life, retrieved September 22, 2017
  7. ^ "A father and son reconnected by MTV's The Buried Life | Dallas South News". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Tweet Heard 'Round the World – The Sentinel". The Sentinel. March 22, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  9. ^ OneRepublicVEVO (July 29, 2014), OneRepublic – Torren's First Concert | First Experiences, retrieved September 22, 2017
  10. ^ The Buried Life (August 17, 2014), After 9 years of talking online, Tia and Justin finally meet | The Buried Life, retrieved September 22, 2017
  11. ^ The Buried Life (May 4, 2014), 19 Years Old and Hugging Dad for the First Time | The Buried Life, retrieved September 22, 2017
  12. ^ Contiki (September 1, 2015), 100 List Items in 10 Days – An Epic Bucket List by The Buried Life and Contiki, retrieved September 22, 2017
  13. ^ "MTV to premiere music-focused docuseries "Dare to Live"". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  14. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 19, 2017). "Freeform Greenlights Mermaid Drama 'Siren,' Movie Series From Karlie Kloss". Variety. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ben Nemtin". IMDb. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ben Nemtin". IMDb. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  17. ^ Mary (March 26, 2012), The Buried Life on The Today Show, retrieved September 22, 2017
  18. ^ "Cooking with The Buried Life Guys". Rachael Ray Show. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  19. ^ LLC., Nox Solutions. "Loveline: Highlights – Loveline Webcast Archive (4/22/2012)". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  20. ^ TEDx Talks (May 27, 2015), 6 steps to crossing anything off your bucket list | Ben Nemtin | TEDxTeen, retrieved September 22, 2017
  21. ^ TEDx Talks (March 13, 2014), How Death Saved My Life: The buried life at TEDxRoma, retrieved September 22, 2017
  22. ^ "Five Questions With 'The Buried Life' | Flyby | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  23. ^ "Live from New York". June 28, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  24. ^ "WE Day UK 2015 – WE". WE. March 5, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "Meet Your #82LS Speakers – Ben Nemtin". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  26. ^ "Sundance 2014: Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley at Sundance 2014 • We Blog The World". We Blog The World. January 17, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  27. ^ "Our 2015 Speakers – Mediacon Global Entertainment Summit 2017". Mediacon Global Entertainment Summit 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
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