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Mark Burnett (born July 17, 1960) is a British-born American television producer, best known for the reality television series Survivor and the Eco Challenge adventure race, as well as for The Apprentice, The Restaurant, and The Casino.
He has won two Emmy Awards.
Mark Burnett was born on July 17, 1960, in London, England. From 1977 to 1982 Burnett served in the British Army. In 1982 Burnett moved to Los Angeles, and for the next decade held a variety of low-level jobs. In early 1991 Burnett was inspired when he read an article chronicling the Raid Gauloises, the most famous adventure race of its day. Burnett became convinced that bringing an expedition-style race to the United States could capture the imagination of the American public. After purchasing the rights to the Raid from its creator, Burnett launched the Eco-Challenge. In 1996, Burnett attempted to reapply the formula of "Americanizing" a proven formula by purchasing the rights to Survivor and the rest is history.
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