Burnett to produce “America’s Greatest Makers” for TBS

Produced with Turner Broadcasting and tech company Intel, the reality competition will task makers with inventing a game-changing innovation using the brand's hardware module.
August 18, 2015

Survivor and The Voice producer Mark Burnett wants to help create game-changing consumer technology in the TBS series America’s Greatest Makers (working title).

The competition series, which will premiere next year, is the centerpiece of a partnership between Turner Broadcasting System and the Intel Corporation that was announced on Tuesday (August 18) at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Billed as an “entertainment event,” the series builds on last year’s Intel “Make it Wearable” challenge, which saw the creation of a drone camera that can wrap around a person’s wrist as well as a cost-effective prosthetic hand made using a 3D printer.

The series will be based on a similar challenge, with interested parties invited to apply through the program’s website.

America’s Greatest Makers will task inventors to produce a breathrough technology using Intel’s Curie hardware module, which can power wearable and smart-connected devices. It will be preceded by a digital and social campaign to determine the semifinalists.

The series will then focus on the semifinals with a kick-off special introducing the chosen teams. In addition to the TBS series, short-form content will air across Turner-owned nets and platforms TNT, Adult Swim, truTV, CNN and Bleacher Report, as well as its social media channels.

The idea is to produce content that can span “the breadth and scope of the Turner portfolio, across multiple screens and levels of engagement,” the broadcaster said in a release.

“This is much more than just a linear TV series,” Burnett said in a statement. “This is the next evolution of storytelling, told simultaneously across many platforms and in many different ways. This is the future. Intel drove the past from ‘inside,’ and now we will watch it drive the future from both ‘inside andoutside.’”

Other recently announced Burnett-backed projects include the travel-reality format Destination Detour for Canada’s W Network and the late-night competition series  Funny Or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman for TBS.

(Photo of Mark Burnett at Realscreen West 2015 by Rahoul Ghose)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.