Unscripted

Summit ’18: Jon Murray to receive Legacy Award

Jonathan Murray, founder and executive consultant for Banijay-owned Bunim/Murray Productions, will receive a Legacy Award at the upcoming Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, during a live taping of Jimmy Fox’s ...
December 18, 2017

Jonathan Murray, founder and executive consultant for Banijay-owned Bunim/Murray Productions, will receive a Legacy Award at the upcoming Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, during a live taping of Jimmy Fox’s Unscripted and Unprepared podcast.

Murray is widely credited with inventing the modern reality television genre, and continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide.

Since the 1992 launch of The Real World (MTV), he has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted television programs. Most recently, Murray executive produced A&E’s acclaimed series, Born This Way, about young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. The series won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series.

Besides The Challenge, which is in its 29th season, and The Real World, Murray has executive produced: Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars for Lifetime; Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Total Divas, and The Simple Life for E!; the Emmy-winning Starting Over, and Making the Band for MTV and ABC, as well as the feature film The Real Cancun; the television movie, Pedro; and the documentaries, Autism: The Musical, Shadow Billionaire, and Valentine Road (HBO); and They Call Us Monsters (PBS).

Murray will be honored during a special live taping of the Unscripted and Unprepared podcast, hosted and produced by Main Event Media’s Jimmy Fox in partnership with realscreen.

Thus far the popular podcast, which began in June of 2016, has featured interviews with Thom Beers, Mark Itkin, Jonathan Koch, Ben Silverman, Jane Latman, Heather Olander, David Eilenberg, and Vinnie Malhotra, among many others.

This special one-on-one conversation will take place on Monday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m.

With the 2018 edition of the Realscreen Summit being its 20th, realscreen is marking the milestone by awarding select individuals who have made indelible contributions to the non-fiction and unscripted content industries. As previously announced, David Lyle will be honored with a Legacy Award in recognition of his three-decade career in television. Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, will also receive a Realscreen Legacy Award during a special keynote conversation at the Summit.

For more information on the Realscreen Summit, taking place from January 28-31, 2018, click here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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