Executive producer and factual entertainment trailblazer Mark Burnett will deliver the opening keynote address at the Realscreen Summit on February 1, 2011.
The man behind such shows as Survivor, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and the MTV Movie Awards will reflect upon the evolution of his business, some of the challenges he’s faced in a remarkably successful career and share some of his thoughts on what lies ahead for unscripted programming globally.
Since 2001, Burnett’s shows have garnered a total of 67 Emmy nominations including two wins for best reality series and one win for outstanding lifestyle program, along with four People’s Choice Awards, for favorite reality series. Burnett has been named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine and named TV Guide‘s most valuable player. He has won Brandweek‘s Marketer of the Year Award, the Banff Rockie Award in the sports program category, The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, and the prestigious Rose d’Or FRAPA Format Award. In 2007, Burnett was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In July of 2009, Burnett was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2010, Burnett received the Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America and was the first inductee into realscreen‘s Factual Entertainment Forum’s Hall of Fame. He has also served on the board of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The agenda for the Realscreen Summit, taking place in Washington D.C. from January 31 to February 3, is live on the site, with more content and speaker announcements to come.