Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Television president Mark Burnett has been promoted to chairman of the company’s Worldwide Television Group.
In his new role, Burnett will take on global responsibility for the company’s television creative and production, with his contract extending through to 2022.
Under Burnett, MGM Television has ratcheted up its unscripted development and production with the acquisitions of Evolution Media in 2017, the prodco behind The Real Housewives of Orange County and Vanderpump Rules; and Big Fish Entertainment, producers of Live PD, Black Ink Crew and Hustle & Soul.
MGM Studios acquired the Emmy Award winner’s production company One Three Media in two transactions in 2014 and 2015.
Burnett began his television career in 1992 with Eco-Challenge, a competition series that is currently being rebooted with survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls as its host. Burnett went on to produce many Emmy Award-winning series, including the reality competition series Survivor, The Voice and the Jamie Foxx-fronted Beat Shazam; the entrepreneurial-themed game show Shark Tank; upcoming competition format TKO; and the forthcoming global talent competition series The World’s Best, made in partnership with reality titan Mike Darnell.
“In the past four years at MGM we have renewed all our television franchises and have added a lot of new hits. This is the most fun I have had in my career and I know we will continue to build on these successes,” said Burnett in a statement. “I believe so strongly in the future of MGM and the team that surrounds me and it was important for me to extend my involvement well into the future. ”
“Mark is a one-of-a-kind creative individual with an incredible eye for talent and content and a long track record of success,” added Kevin Ulrich, CEO of Anchorage Capital Group and MGM’s chairman of the board of directors. “After more than 25 years in the business, he remains at the top of his game. We are confident that under Mark’s leadership, MGM Television’s best days are ahead.”