Jon Murray, chairman, Bunim/Murray Productions is widely credited with inventing the modern reality TV genre after the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992. Now, with the groundbreaking series celebrating its 25th season on air, realscreen and the Factual Entertainment Forum are thrilled to announce that Murray will be inducted into the Factual Entertainment Hall of Fame at realscreen‘s Factual Entertainment Awards on June 1, 2011 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
As chairman of Bunim/Murray, which was purchased by Banijay Entertainment last year, Murray guides the creative process that has defined the company’s shows since the early ’90s. The company continues to thrive, producing projects for primetime and cable television platforms including the 25th season of The Real World and the 21st season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge for MTV; Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Khloe and Lamar, Married to Rock and Spin Crowd for E!; Bad Girls Club and Love Games for Oxygen; Project Runway for Lifetime; and Saddle Ranch for VH1.
Receiving Emmy nominations for The Real World and Road Rules, in 2005 Murray earned his first Emmy Award for Starting Over. In 2008, Autism: The Musical won two Emmy Awards and in October 2009, Murray received the Legend Award from the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards.
“With the launch of The Real World, television was never the same again,” said realscreen editor Barry Walsh regarding Murray’s induction into the Factual Entertainment Hall of Fame. “Jon Murray and Bunim/Murray continue to craft engaging and eye-popping factual entertainment, and we’re extremely pleased to extend this honor to Jon at our awards ceremony in June.”
Murray will be inducted into the Factual Entertainment Hall of Fame during the Factual Entertainment Awards which take place on the first evening of the Factual Entertainment Forum, June 1.