Rob Burnett (producer)

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Rob Burnett (born July 8, 1962) is a producer, director and writer, best known for being the executive producer of Late Show with David Letterman and as the former president of Worldwide Pants. He is a five-time Emmy award winner, and has received 31 nominations.

Most recently, Burnett wrote and directed The Fundamentals of Caring starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez. The film was received warmly as the closing night film at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on Netflix as a Netflix Original on June 24, 2016.

Burnett co-created the critically acclaimed show "Ed" with Jon Beckerman. The show earned the two a People's Choice Award and an Emmy nomination for writing.

In 2008, Burnett received the P.T. Barnum Award from Tufts University for his exceptional work in the field of media and entertainment.


Burnett grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey, where he attended West Essex High School.[1] He has three children.

Burnett started his television career as an intern for David Letterman in 1985, and later became the head writer for the show in 1992. While acting as head writer he also helped develop Everybody Loves Raymond. Burnett and Jon Beckerman also created the television comedies Ed and The Knights of Prosperity. Burnett and Beckerman's independent movie We Made This Movie opened in September 2012.



  1. ^ Strauss, Robert. "ON TELEVISION; It's Not a Back Lot, It's Northvale", The New York Times, October 1, 2000. Accessed August 7, 2012. "Ed provides for a sort of homecoming for Mr. Burnett, who grew up in North Caldwell and attended West Essex High School."

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